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RANE SL4 FOR SERATO SCRATCH LIVE OPERATORS MANUAL 2.5.0

Important Safety Instructions

FCC Statement

FCC Declaration of Conformity

For the continued safety of yourself and


others we recommend that you read
the following safety and installation
instructions. Keep this document in a safe
location for future reference. Please heed
all warnings and follow all instructions.

This equipment has been tested and


found to comply with the limits for a Class
B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used
in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.

Brand: Rane
Model: SL4

Do not use this equipment in a location


where it might become wet. Clean only
with a damp cloth. This equipment may
be used as a table top device, although
stacking of the equipment is dangerous
and not recommended.
Equipment may be located directly above
or below this unit, but note that some
equipment (like large power amplifiers)
may cause an unacceptable amount of
hum or may generate too much heat
and degrade the performance of this
equipment. Only use attachments and
accessories specified by Rane. Refer all
servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus
has been damaged in any way, such as
spilled liquid, fallen objects into an opened
chassis, exposure to rain or moisture, a
dropped unit, or abnormal operation.

This device complies with part 15 of the


FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Responsible Party:
Rane Corporation
10802 47th Avenue West
Mukilteo WA 98275-5000 USA
Phone: 425-355-6000

CAUTION: Changes or modifications not


expressly approved by Rane Corporation
could void the users authority to operate
the equipment.
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numrique de la classe B
est conforme la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.

RANE SL4 FOR SERATO SCRATCH LIVE OPERATORS MANUAL 2.5.0

Copyright Notices

Introduction

2013 Rane Corporation. All rights


reserved. Scratch Live and the Scratch
Live logo are trademarks of Serato.
Trademarked in the U.S. and other
countries. Licensed exclusively to Rane
Corporation. This software is based in
part on the work of the Independent JPEG
Group, and uses libpng code, copyright
2000-2002 Glenn Randers-Pehrson.
The Scratch Live Control Tone, the audio
pressed on Scratch Live Control vinyl
and Control CDs, is copyright 20042013 Serato. The Control Vinyl and
Control CDs are licensed for personal
use only. The creation of personal
backups of the Control CD is allowed,
however duplicating Control CDs for
commercial benefit is strictly prohibited.
For avoidance of doubt the duplication
or creation of Control vinyl for any use
is strictly prohibited. Please respect our
copyright. Windows XP, Windows Vista
and Windows7 is either a registered
trademark or a trademark of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries. Apple, Mac, Macintosh
and iTunes are trademarks of Apple
Computer, Inc., registered in the US and/
or other countries.

Please read through these operating


instructions so you will know how to get
the most from your Sixty-Two and the
included Scratch Live software. Keep this
manual in a safe place. If you ever lose it,
a new copy may be downloaded at
dj.rane.com.
To keep up with the latest tips, and to
check for Scratch Live software updates,
visit the Official Scratch Live Forum at
serato.com.

Wear Parts
The SL4 interface contains no wear parts.
The vinyl records and CDs are wear parts
as described in the Limited Domestic
Warranty section at the end of this
manual.

Minimum System
Requirements
Available USB 2.0 port.
1280 x 720 screen resolution or
higher.
2 GB RAM, more for a large library.
Hard drive space for music:
5400RPM minimum, 7200RPM
recommended for high resolution
audio playback.
PC
2.2 GHz Intel Core Duo.
Windows XP with Service Pack
3 or higher, or Vista with Service
Pack 2 or higher, or Windows 7.
We recommend Windows 7 over
Vista.
Mac
2 GHz Intel Core Duo.
OSX 10.5.8 or higher.

SL4 Specifications

(all specs typical)

Computer interface

USB 2.0 High Speed

USB Power Requirement

500 mA, 5.0 Volts

USB Audio Channels

Ten Record and Ten Playback

External Power Supply

7.5 Volts (included)

Converters

24-bit / 48 kHz or 96 kHz (rear switch)

.....DAC Dynamic Range

104.5 dB, A-weighted

.....ADC Dynamic Range

103 dB, A-weighted

.....Dynamic Range

101 dB A-weighted analog in to analog out

THD+N

0.007% at 1 kHz, 20 Hz to 20 kHz BW

Frequency Response

-0.6 dB @ 20 Hz, -0.03 dB @ 20 kHz

Inputs

Inputs 1-4 individual Phono / Line switches

...Aux Input

Line Level only

...Gain

Unity

...Maximum Input / Output

3 Vrms @ 1 kHz

...Switched Phono Input Maximum

70 mV rms @ 1 kHz

SL4 Unit Size

7.25 x 5 x 1.7 (18.4 x 12.6 x 4.3 cm)

Shipping Size

14 x 14 x 4 (36 x 36 x 10 cm)

Weight

6 pounds (3 kg)

RANE SL4 FOR SERATO SCRATCH LIVE OPERATORS MANUAL 2.5.0

PLEASE NOTE: These are the


minimum requirements to run
Serato Scratch Live without optional
plugins. For best performance or
when using optional plugins we
recommend you use a higher spec
computer. Please see the Minimum
Specs at serato.com/scratchlive.

Check List
These items are included in the box:
1 SL4 interface.
1 soft carry case.
1 Serato Scratch Live software
install disc.
1 external universal power supply
with country adaptors.
2 USB cables.
6 stereo RCA cables.
4 control CDs.
4 control vinyl records.
4 rubber feet for the SL4.
1 Quick Start Guide.
1 warranty card.
1 (this) manual.

Contents

Important Safety Instructions


2
FCC Statement
2
FCC Declaration of Conformity 2
3
Copyright Notices
3
SL4 Specifications
Introduction 3
Wear Parts
3
Minimum System Requirements 3
3
Check List

Getting Started
6
System Overview
6
Connecting the SL4
6
Turntable Setup
6
CD Player Setup
6
Kensington Security Slot
7
Playing Regular Vinyl and CDs 7
Power Switching
7
Power Supply
7
USB Drivers
7
ASIO (Windows)
7
Core Audio (Macintosh)
7
Control Panel
8
Installing Scratch Live
8
Mac 8
Windows 8
Additional Windows Drivers
8
8
Starting Scratch Live
Using the Tool Tips
8
Virtual Deck Setup
9
Calibrating Scratch Live
The Noise Threshold
How to Calibrate Scratch Live
The Scopes
Importing and Playing Music
Importing Your Music
Supported File Types
Calibration Troubleshooting
Playing Music
Track Display

9
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9
9
10
10
10
10
11
11

Whitelabel.net 11

Preparing Your Files


How to Analyze Files
About Corrupt Files

11
11
11

Playback Control
The Control Record
The Control CD
Vinyl Scroll
Set Auto BPM
The Offline Player

12
12
12
12
12
12

Main Screen Overview


13
Virtual Deck
13
USB Sources & Analog Inputs 13
Visual Aids
13
Tempo Matching Display
13
Track Overview Display
13
Main Waveform Display
13
Beat Matching Display
14
Master Gain
14
33 / 45 Speeds
14
Tracking Indicator
14
Tap Tempo
14
Key Lock
14
Repeat 14
Censor 14
Eject 14
Autoplay 14
Track Gain
15
USB Dropout Indicator
15
Display Modes

15

Library Views

15

Scratch Live Modes


Thru Mode
Absolute Mode
Relative Mode
Internal Mode
Temporary Cue
More Controls

16
16
16
16
17
17
17

Cue Points
Setting Cue Points
Enable Hot Cues
Triggering Cue Points
Editing Cue Points
Customizing Cue Points

18
18
18
18
18
18

Looping 18
Auto-Looping 19
The A-Slot
19
Loop Roll
19
Loop Roll with MIDI
19

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SP-6 Sample Player


Loading the SP-6
Playing Samples
SP-6 Instant Doubles
SP-6 Play Modes
SP-6 Pitch Controls
SP-6 Play From Selector
SP-6 Track Overviews
SP-6 Slot Volumes
SP-6 Output Selector
Individual Output Selectors
SP-6 Mute Buttons
SP-6 Sample Banks
SP-6 MIDI

20
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20
20
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21

DJ-FX Plugin
Ultra Knob Mode
Super Knob Mode
Effects BPM Multiplier
Deck Assign
Show Parameters
Macro Edit Mode

22
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22
22
22
22
22

File Management
Rescan ID3 Tags
Relocate Lost Files
Deleting Crates and Tracks
Copy & Move Files & Folders
Copy & Move Crates
Scratch Live Backup

28
28
28
28
28
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28

Recording 29
Record Gain Knob
29
Sampling From Vinyl
29
Recording Your Mix
29
Recording Bit Depth
29
LiveFeed 30

MIDI Control
23
MIDI Controller Setup
23
Assigning Controls
23
MIDI Platters
23
23
MIDI Output Lighting
Assign MIDI to Other Controls 24
Ctrl-Click Functionality
24
Presets 24
Native Controller Support
24
24
MIDI Devices
Technical Information
24
Organizing Your Music
24
Grouping Tracks Into Crates
24
Subcrates 25
Smart Crates
25
25
Sorting Your Files
Using the Song Browser
25
Searching 25
Prepare Window
26
History 26
Serato Playlists
26
Uploading Serato Playlists
27
Live Playlists
27
Editing ID3 tags
27
Library Zoom
27
Display Album Art
27
Adding Album Art
27
Status Icons
27
More Info on Corrupt Files
27

Mixing With One Turntable Or


CDPlayer 30
Two Computer Connection

31

Additional Setup
31
Hardware 32
USB Buffer Size (Latency)
32
Select Primary Decks
32
Flashing Deck Indicator
32
Recording Bit Depth
32
32
Updating Firmware
Sample Rate
32
Hardware Thrus
32
Playback 32
Track End Warning
32
32
Playback Keys Use Shift
Lock Playing Deck
32
Sort Cues Chronologically
32
Enable Hot Cues
32
Use Auto Gain
33
Hi-Fi Resampler
33
33
Play From Start
Instant Doubles
33
Play From First Cue Point
33
33
Braking (INT Mode)
Audio Output
33
Vinyl Control
33
Adjust Loops with Vinyl
33
Next Song On Flip
33
Enable Vinyl Scroll
33
Reverse Vinyl Scroll
33
Vinyl Scroll Speed
33
Drop To Absolute Position
33
Drop To Cue Points (REL Mode) 34
Vinyl Start Offset
34

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Library 34
Read iTunes Library
34
Protect Library
34
Customize Crate Views
34
Center On Selected Song
34
Show All File Types
34
Include Subcrate Tracks
34
AutoFill Overviews
34
Font Size
35
Album Art Size
35
Display 35
Maximum Screen Updates
35
Audio Cache
35
Show Album Art On Deck
35
Plugins 35
SP-6 Sample Player
35
DJ-FX 35
Serato Playlists
35
Serato Video
35
Serato Remote
35
Keyboard Shortcuts

36

Troubleshooting and Frequently


Asked Questions
37
Scope Reading and Fixes

38

Corrupt File Descriptions and


Diagnoses 40
Declaration of Conformity

41

Limited Warranties

42

Getting
Started

*Optional Step: Connect an additional


output (such as AUX OUT) from your
mixer to the AUX INPUTS on the SL4
to record your set in Scratch Live. See
Recording on page 29.

5. Connect the SL4 to your computer

2. Input Level Selection


COMPUTER

PHONO = UP
CD = DOWN

System Overview
The Serato control records and CDs are
pressed with an audible tone specifically
developed for controlling the Scratch Live
software application.
The SL4 interface converts the control
signal coming from each deck into digital
audio, sent via USB to Scratch Live
software, which decodes that signal into
a stream of information based on what
the DJ is doing with the control disc. A
virtual deck replicates the movements of
the control disc. Audio files loaded onto
the Virtual Decks are then played back
through the outputs of the hardware, with
any manipulation of the control discs
reproduced on the audio, effectively
emulating vinyl control of the files loaded
in software.

Connecting the SL4


To integrate an SL4 unit into a typical DJ
setup, connect it to your turntables (or CD
players) and mixer, as follows:

*
ONE TO FOUR DECKS

Connect your CD players or turntables to


the SL4 INPUTS. If you use turntables,
connect their ground wires to the ground
terminal on either the SL4 or your mixer.

Set each input to the correct input level


using the dip switches. Set the switches
UP for Phono (turntables) or DOWN for
CD players (line level).

6. Connect the SL4 to a second


computer (optional). See Two
Computer Connection on page 31.

3. Outputs

Turntable Setup

*
SAME NUMBER OF DECKS

Connect the OUTPUTS of the SL4 to Linelevel inputs on your mixer. *Connect the
AUX output to an additional line or AUX
input on your mixer to output the sample
player. See SP-6 Sample Player on
page 20.
4. Sample Rate Selection
(will need image)

1. Inputs

Using the provided USB cable, connect


either USB A or USB B on your SL4 to an
available USB 2.0 port on your computer.
Make sure you connect it directly to
your computer and not through a hub or
splitter.

SAMPLE RATE:
48 kHz DEFAULT

Use this to switch between 48 kHz and 96


kHz. Use 48 kHz by default if you are not
using 96kHz audio files.

1. Set the tone arms to the specific


recommendations of the cartridge
used, so that the needle never leaves
the record, but not heavy enough that
it heats up significantly. Both produce
poor tracking.
2. Grounding is extremely important when
using Scratch Live. Make sure you have
good connections from the ground wires
of your turntables to the grounding post
of either your SL4 or your mixer. If you
do not ground your turntables properly,
the control signal will be noisy and the
tracking of the record position will be
erratic.
3. Ensure the SL4 is set to receive a phono
level signal See step 2 of connecting
the SL4.

CD Player Setup
Disable all built-in effects on the CD
player, including keylock/master tempo.
Ensure the SL4 is set to receive a linelevel signal See step 2 of connecting
the SL4.

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If external power is connected, the device


is self-powered and power is not used
from either USB port.
If external power is not connected,
the SL4 draws power from USB A port if
available and then from the USB B port
if there is no power from USB A. Power
switching is automatic and the SL4
operates uninterrupted as long as one

Connect the barrel connector of the power


supply to the 7.5 VDC jack on the SL4.
Plug the power supply into an AC outlet.
The universal power supply includes
different input plugs for the USA, Europe,
UK and Australia. The USA plug is
attached at the factory you may need to
replace it in your country.
To remove a
plug, PUSH the
button while turning
PU
SH
the outer rim
counterclockwise.
To attach a plug,
rotate it to fit into
the supply and turn
clockwise until it
locks in place.
The power supply is regulated 7.5
volts DC, 1amp, using a P6 type barrel
plug. Any substitute must meet these
specifications.
LOCK

Power Switching

Power Supply

LOCK

NOTE: the SL4 must be powered by


either USB port or the supplied external
power supply for the DECK THRUs to
work.
While Scratch Live is not running,
and the SL4 is powered by the external
supply, the Deck Thrus on the SL4 will
always be on, allowing you to play regular
CDs and vinyl with your CD players or
turntables.
When the SL4 is powered by the
universal power supply, and then Scratch
Live is launched, the Deck Thrus are still
on. This allows a laptop to be connected
during a set (when using the Deck Thrus)
with no audio interruption.
If the SL4 is not powered by the
universal power supply when Scratch Live
is launched (USB connected), the Deck
Thrus will be off, but can be turned on in
Scratch Live.
To turn the Thrus off and on in Scratch
Live, click on the THRU button just above
each Virtual Deck for the respective
channel. This will change the state of the
channels to Thru Mode, sending audio
direct from the SL4 inputs to your mixer.
See Thru Mode on page 16.
Turning the individual Thrus off and
on when Scratch Live is not running is
accomplished with the Rane SL4 Control
Panel. See Control Panel on page
8.

Playing Regular Vinyl and CDs

OPE

You can use a Kensington


security cable to attach the SL4
to an immovable object. Each
side of the SL4 has a Kensington
Security Slot. Refer to the instructions
provided with your Kensington Lock.

of the three possible power sources is


available.
If computers are added and removed
from the two USB ports for DJ handover, it is best to have external power
connected to cover the case when both
USB ports are briefly disconnected.
External power is not required if users
ensure that at least one computer is
left connected at all times. See Two
Computer Connection on page 31.

OPE

Kensington Security Slot

-(5.5mm) +(2.5mm)

USB Drivers
The SL4 is a dual personality device.
When using Serato Scratch Live,
proprietary Serato Audio Research
drivers are used in place of Rane ASIO
(Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers.
The included Rane drivers are used when
Scratch Live is not running.
The SL4 has two USB ports, allowing
simultaneous connection of two
computers. Each port is completely
independent. It is possible to run Scratch
Live using proprietary drivers on one port
while running third party software using
ASIO or Core Audio on the other, in any
combination.

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Rane ASIO and Core Audio drivers


allow the SL4 to act as a 10-in 10-out
external USB sound card for use with
multiple third-party software applications
supporting Core Audio or ASIO. These
drivers are multi-client, meaning they
allow multiple applications on a computer
to share the device at the same time.
ASIO and Core Audio drivers are not
available on a machine while Scratch
Live is running. To use multi-client ASIO
or Core Audio drivers with a third-party
application while using Scratch Live,
you can connect two computers to
the SL4 with one running Scratch Live
and the other running ASIO or Core
Audio application(s). Connecting both
USB ports to the same machine is not
recommended.
The ASIO and Core Audio drivers are
included in the Scratch Live installer as an
option. See the instructions in Installing
Scratch Live on page 8.

ASIO (Windows)
The SL4 uses a low-latency, multi-client,
ASIO device driver to interface with
software applications other than Scratch
Live on Windows operating systems.
Multi-client ASIO allows different audio
software applications to simultaneously
stream audio to and from the SL4. If the
same playback channel is selected in
more than one application, the driver
mixes the audio from the different
applications before streaming it to the
device.
The driver Control Panel may be
launched from the Windows Control
Panel. Select Start > Control Panel >
Rane SL4.

Core Audio (Macintosh)


The SL4 uses a low-latency Core Audio
device driver to interface with software
applications other than Scratch Live
on Macintosh operating systems. Core
Audio allows different audio software
applications to simultaneously stream
audio to and from the SL4.
To launch the SL4 driver Control Panel,
open the System Preferences window.
Locate SL4 in the Other section and
click the SL4 icon.

Control Panel
SL 4 Audio Driver Control Panel

SL 4 Audio Driver Version: 2.0

Analog Feed Thru

Sample Rate

USB Port Status

Channel 1 Thru
48 kHz

96 kHz

Channel 2 Thru
Channel 3 Thru
Channel 4 Thru

Update device firmware


Device firmware version: 1.2
Update firmware

Buffer
50
45
40
35
30
25
20
15
10
5
1

14 ms

The Driver Control Panel supports:


Analog Feed Thru check boxes allow
stereo outputs 1-4 to select USB
playback (computer) or analog input
(vinyl or CD) as their source. If a button
is on, USB playback is disabled and the
SL4 input is fed to the output.
Sample Rate indicators are read-only,
showing the sample rate selected on the
SL4.
USB Port Status indicators are
read-only and on when a USB port is
connected and communicating with the
SL4.
Buffer increases or decreases the
USB driver buffer size. The SL4 drivers
run very reliably at latencies below
8 milliseconds. However, computer
performance and available resources
(number of apps running) may adversely
affect streaming audio. If pops and
clicks are heard in USB audio, try
increasing the buffer size. In ASIO, total
round-trip latency = buffer size + device
latency. In Core Audio, total roundtrip latency = buffer size + software
application latency + device latency. SL4
latency is 1.3 ms at 48 kHz and 0.8 ms
at 96 kHz.
If the SL4 firmware on your computer
is newer than installed in your SL4,
the Update Device Firmware panel is
enabled. Pressing the Update Firmware
button updates the SL4 firmware to the
newer version installed with your driver.

Installing Scratch Live

Windows

Check for the latest download version of


Scratch Live software at serato.com. If it
is newer than what is on your CD-ROM,
we recommend installing it instead.

It is important that Windows users install


the SL4 drivers as well as the Scratch Live
software. The easiest way to do this is to
allow the Scratch Live installer to do all
the work.

Mac
1.Insert the Software Installation CDROM and double-click the Scratch Live
Installer.mpkg icon.
or
Launch the installer you just
downloaded from serato.com.
2.Follow the on-screen instructions. Once
the installation is complete, Scratch Live
will appear in your applications list. You
may like to drag the Scratch Live icon to
your dock for quick launching.
3.Plug in your SL4. No extra installation is
required to use Scratch Live.
4.The optional Rane Device Drivers
are required for other software you
may have that uses Core Audio to
communicate with your Rane device. To
install the Core Audio drivers, doubleclick the .pkg file inside the appropriate
product folder in the Rane Device
Drivers folder on the software installation
CD. Core Audio driver updates are
available to download from the products
page at rane.com.

1.Connect your SL4 before you insert


your installation CD. When you first
connect it, Windows will attempt to
install the drivers via the hardware
wizard. Cancel and close the hardware
wizard.
2.Insert the Software Installation CDROM. If a window doesnt open
automatically, browse to the CD drive.
Run setup.exe.
or
Launch the installer you just
downloaded from serato.com.
3.Follow the on-screen instructions. Once
the installation is complete, Scratch
Live appears in the Start Menu under All
Programs > Serato > Scratch Live.
Because the SL4 was connected prior to
installing Scratch Live, no extra hardware
installation is required.

Additional Windows ASIO Drivers


Once Scratch Live is installed, any
additional hardware that is connected
will be recognized and the drivers will be
automatically installed.

Starting Scratch Live


Close all other programs on your Mac or
PC. When you load Scratch Live for the
first time, you will see this screen.

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Using the Tool Tips


Click on the ? icon to enable tool tips.
Tool tips provide a handy way to learn the
various features of Scratch Live. Move
the mouse over a section to bring up a
context-sensitive tool tip. Holding the
mouse over the ? button with tool tips
turned on shows you a list of all keyboard
shortcuts. Tool tips are available in several
languages. Scratch Live displays tool tips
in the language your computer is set to.
If your language is not available, the tool
tips are displayed in English.

Virtual Deck Setup


Its important to understand how your
turntables and CD players are connected
to each Virtual Deck in Scratch Live
before calibrating or playing tracks. These
options allow you to customize the layout
of your DJ setup. We recommend learning
Scratch Live with just two decks.
Starting with two turntables or CD
players, select these as Primary Decks.
In a multi-deck setup, this defines the
sources you will play the majority of your
tracks from. Select Primary Decks in the
Hardware tab of the Setup screen. See
Select Primary Decks on page 32.
To set a USB Source in Scratch Live,
click the USB Source dropdown above
each Virtual Deck. See USB Sources &
Analog Inputs on page 13.
Change your Display Mode to
Classic Vertical mode if you dont
see the dropdown above the Deck. See
Display Modes on page 15.
Start with the Left Deck, select
Channel1. This Deck is now controlled
by the turntable / CD player plugged into
Input 1 on the SL4, and the audio from
Scratch Live will be sent to Output 1.
On the Right Deck select Channel2.
This Deck is now controlled by the
turntable / CD plugged into Input 2 on the
SL4, and the audio from Scratch Live will
be sent to Output 2.
Changing the Display to 4-Deck
Stack Mode allows you to see
and assign all four Decks at once. Your
Primary Decks will have a white border
around them. Repeat the above steps for
the remaining two Decks.

How to Calibrate Scratch Live

Calibrating
Scratch Live

Since Scratch Live is controlled by an


analog signal, there is no guarantee of
what state that signal will be in by the time
the software gets to interpret it. Therefore,
Scratch Live needs to be able to handle a
wide range of signals, and be configurable
to use them optimally. Calibrating is just
configuring the software to your situation.
Calibration is equally important for both
vinyl and CD users of Scratch Live.
There are two parts to the Scratch Live
control signal: The directional tone, and
the noise map. Listening to the control
vinyl, the directional tone is the 1 kHz
tone. The noise map sounds like random
noise over the top of the tone.
The directional tone provides the
current speed and direction of the record,
while the noise map tells the software
precisely where on the record the needle
is currently.

The Noise Threshold


A threshold is a lower limit, below which
a process will not occur. In the case of
Scratch Live, the noise threshold is the
limit below which the input signal will not
be interpreted as control signal; in other
words if its below the threshold, it is
considered noise and ignored.
This setting is necessary because a
stylus is very sensitive, and will inevitably
pick up noise from the environment as
well as the signal on the record, especially
in the noisy environment of a live show.

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Switch between calibrating the Primary


and Secondary Decks by clicking the
Primary and Secondary buttons above
the scopes.
With music playing in the background
(from any source), put your needle on
the record with the turntable stopped.
If you are using CD players, the same
rules apply. Have the CD deck paused
or stopped while calibrating. Ensure the
Phono / CD switch on the SL4 is set
correctly.
Click and hold the Estimate button
until the slider stops moving. Moving
the threshold slider to the left will make
Scratch Live more sensitive to slow record
movement, but also more sensitive to
background noise.
Repeat the process for each deck.
Things to remember:
Your needle must be on the record.
Your turntable (or CD player) must be
stationary.
The background music playing must be
at a similar level to which you will play
your set at.
Calibrate Scratch Live every time you
play.
TIP: If the slider jumps to the far right,
then you have a problem with noise
in your turntables/CD players/mixer.
Check all connections and make sure
your equipment is well-grounded. In
some situations you will not be able
to improve the signal quality, and you
will have to play on regardless. In
this situation, stick to REL mode. See
Calibration Troubleshooting on page
10.

The Scopes

The scopes on the Setup screen in


Scratch Live display the input signal as a

phase diagram. The key factors to look at


on the scope display are crisp clean lines,
round shape, and the tracking percentage
in the lower right corner.
Start both turntables or CD players. You
will see green rings appear in the scope
view as shown above.
For optimal performance the inner ring
should be as close to circular as possible.
Use the scope zoom slider (1x to 16x)
to zoom in or out as necessary. Use the
scope L/R Balance and P/A Balance
controls to adjust the shape of the inner
ring.
The number in the top left corner of the
scope view gives the current absolute
position within the control record or CD.
The number in the top right corner is
the current speed in RPM. In the bottom
left is the current threshold setting, and
the number in the bottom right shows
the percentage of readable signal this
number should be close to 85% when
your system is calibrated properly.

Calibration Troubleshooting
After calibration, the number in the upper
right corner of the scope view should say
0.0 while the needle is on the record and
the turntable is stopped.
If that number is fluctuating then
manually move the Estimate slider to the
right until that number is stable at 0.0.
If youve moved the slider all the way
to -24 and its still fluctuating then you
have a grounding or interference problem
somewhere in the chain.
If so, the first thing to check is that
the grounding wire coming from your
turntable is connected to either the SL4s
or your mixers grounding posts.
Next, make sure that the SL4 isnt
sitting next to a power source such as
a power strip or power box and that the
RCA cables connected to the SL4 arent
laying across other power conducting
cables.
If you are still experiencing issues, you
might have to adjust the placement of
your setup. For example, make sure bass
bins arent directly under the turntables.
for more calibration troubleshooting
help See Scope Reading and Fixes on
page 38.

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Importing
and Playing
Music

2.Once you have located your music,


drag the folder or files you want to
import onto the purple All... icon.
This is located to the left of your screen
at the top of the crates and playlist
window. If you wish to import all of your
music, just drag your whole music folder
onto this icon.
TIP: You can also import by dragging
files and folders directly from Windows
Explorer (PC version) or Finder (Mac
version) into the Scratch Live library.

Importing Your Music


The easiest way to load music into your
library is by using the Files button:
1.Click on the Files button to open the
files panel. The left side of this window
displays various locations on your
computer hard drive (and external
drives if you have one). Click on these
locations to navigate your computer and
find your music. By default, your music
will usually be found in either Music
(Mac) or My Music (Windows).

TIP: Adjust the


size of the Files
window by
clicking and dragging near the three
dots up or down. The vertical crates
window adjusts left and right.

Supported File Types


Scratch Live supports fixed and variable
bit rate .MP3, .MP4, Ogg Vorbis, .AAC,
.AIFF, .ALAC, .WAV and Whitelabel (wl.
mp3) file types. M3U playlists are also
supported. For more on Whitelabel.net
audio files, see Whitelabel.net on page
11.

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NOTE: Older iTunes Music Store DRM


files cannot be played back by Scratch
Live. iTunes Plus files are DRM-free.

Playing Music
Click on the All... icon to show all the
tracks in your library. Use the keyboard
shortcut Shift - Left Arrow to load the
highlighted track on to the Left Deck, and
Shift - Right Arrow to load the highlighted
track on to the Right Deck.
TIP: You can also load tracks to Decks
using the mouse. Click and drag a track
from the track list area on to either
Virtual Deck.
To start playing a track, simply put
the needle on the record and start the
turntable. The track will start playing as
soon as it detects the signal from the
control vinyl (or CD).
In ABS mode, the track will play from
the position dictated by the placement of
the needle on the record. If you place the
needle at the beginning of the record, the
track will start playing from the beginning.
You can skip through the track by picking
up the needle and placing it further into
the record, just as with regular records
(This is known as needle dropping). See
Scratch Live Modes on page 16.

Track Display
When a track is loaded, the track name,
artist and length are displayed in the track
title bar, and the Virtual Deck shows a
solid black line.
If the track has BPM or key information
written in the tag this will also be
displayed. See Set Auto BPM on page
12.

Whitelabel.
net

The Serato Whitelabel Delivery Network is


a unique system that allows record labels
to digitally deliver promotional releases
directly to DJs.
To download Whitelabel audio files and
sign up to receive updates on the latest
promotional releases, visit whitelabel.net.

Whitelabel Audio Files


Whitelabel.net audio files are a unique
format (file extension wl.mp3) developed
by Serato. They are specially prepared for
use in Scratch Live; pre-analyzed, tagged
with song and artist info, BPM and album
art where possible.
Whitelabel audio files play as high
quality 320 kbps stereo audio in Scratch
Live when Rane Scratch Live hardware is
connected. Without Scratch Live hardware
connected, or when playing these files
through other mp3 software and devices,
they will play as low quality 32 kbps mono
audio.
Whitelabel audio files are promotional
releases from records labels available to
Scratch Live DJs for free from Whitelabel.
net.

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Preparing
Your Files

Before you play your music in Scratch


Live, It is important to first analyze your
files.
The analyze files function processes
the songs in your library to detect file
corruption, saves the waveform overview
to an ID3 tag*, and calculates auto-gain
and BPM values.

How to Analyze Files


To analyze files run Scratch Live with the
SL4 disconnected. On the left side of
the main screen, click the Analyze Files
button to automatically build overviews for
all the tracks in your library.
TIP: You can drag and drop individual
folders, crates or files onto the Analyze
Files button to force the building of
overviews at any time.

About Corrupt Files


If Scratch Live detects a corrupt
file it will tag it with a corrupt file
icon:
It is very important that you delete ANY
corrupt files from your library as they can
cause Scratch Live to crash regardless
if you play the file or not. See Status
Icons on page 27 and Corrupt File
Descriptions and Diagnoses on page
40.

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Set Auto BPM

The Control CD
The control CD
has two tracks.
The first track is 15
minutes long and
controls playback.
The second track
is 40 seconds long
and controls vinyl
scroll.

Playback
Control
If this option is checked while analyzing
files, Scratch Live will calculate the
estimated tempos of your files. If Scratch
Live is confident that the Auto BPM
estimate for a file is accurate, it will be
written to an ID3 tag* in the file. The Auto
BPM function will not be applied if the
track already contains BPM information.
To re-analyze these files and use Auto
BPM or auto gain on them, drag them
onto the Analyze Files button. If you
know your files BPM will fall within a
certain range, use the range drop down
to avoid double or half value BPMs being
calculated.

*NOTE: ID3 tags contain data about


your tracks, saved inside the files
themselves. Genre, track name and
artist are examples of tag information.
See Editing ID3 tags on page 27.

The Offline Player

The Control Record


The control record has two sides. The
first side is 10 minutes long and contains
the Vinyl Scroll section. The second side
is 15 minutes long. Scratch Live can be
configured to work with records playing
at either 33 RPM or 45 RPM, depending
on your preference. The record has thin
marks every minute, and a thicker mark
every 5 minutes (when playing at 33
RPM). These marks are to assist you when
using needle dropping to move through
the track. These marks do not affect the
playback of the track.
The mode will switch when it reaches
the end of the record so your track wont
stop. See Absolute Mode on page
16.

THE VIN
YL
SC
RO
L
L
K
AC
TR

The ofine player is a useful tool for


preparing crates, auditioning tracks, and
setting cue and loop points. The ofine
player is available when Scratch Live
hardware is not connected, and outputs
through the current default audio device.
Load a track to the ofine player by
dragging and dropping onto the Deck, or
pressing shift+left arrow. If the end of the
loaded track is reached, the next track in
the current playlist is played automatically.
Click the Offline Player Controls button
(outlined below) to expand and hide the
offline player controls.

Vinyl Scroll
Vinyl Scroll allows you to select and load
tracks using only your turntables (or CD
player) no contact with the computer
necessary! To use Vinyl Scroll with
turntables, lift the needle off the record
and drop it into special bonus track
section at the end of the records A side.
The movement of the control disk now
controls the selected track within your
library. Lift the needle out of the Vinyl
Scroll section of the record and into the
lead out (between the Vinyl Scroll area and
the end of the record) to change crates
or iTunes playlists. Go back to the Vinyl
Scroll area of the record to choose a track
within the crate or playlist. Once you have
found the track you wish to play, put the
needle back at the beginning of the record
and it will load automatically.
This feature is available to CD users.
Go to track 2 on the control CD to access
Vinyl Scroll. Find the track you want to
load, and go back to track 1. The track
you selected will be loaded and ready to
play. You can reverse the direction of Vinyl
Scroll and set the sensitivity in the Setup
screen.
TIP: You can also use Vinyl Scroll in the
Prepare window. See the options for
Vinyl Control on page 33.

For information on rescanning, moving,


copying, deleting and backing up files,
see File Management on page 28.

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Main Screen
Overview

Virtual Deck
The Virtual Deck
shows everything
about the speed
and position of
a track. As the
vinyl rotates, so
does the line on
the label. The
circular progress bar around the edge
is a visual representation of the position
within the song, and can be set to flash
to warn you that the track is nearing its
end. The time and remaining time are
displayed in minutes and seconds. The
pitched BPM (BPM with pitch adjustment
multiplier added) is shown on the left of
the Virtual Deck, and the turntable speed
as a percentage pitch shift is shown on
the right of the Virtual Deck. If the track
has no BPM information, pitched BPM will
not be shown.
If you are playing regular vinyl, notice
the Virtual Deck behaving strangely as
Scratch Live attempts to decode the
incoming signal. This will not cause any
problems, but you may find it distracting.
You can unload the currently loaded track
using the Virtual Deck eject button.
TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut shiftalt-arrow to unload a track from the
Virtual Deck.

USB Sources & Analog Inputs

Track Overview Display

Each Virtual Deck


in Scratch Live
has a unique input
/ output source,
which you can
change to suit the
layout of your DJ
setup.
To set a USB
Source in Scratch
Live, click the USB Source dropdown box
above the Virtual Deck.
E.g: If a Virtual Deck has Channel 1
selected, this means it is controlled by the
turntable / CDJ plugged into Input 1 on
the SL4, and the audio from Scratch Live
will be sent to Output 1. The same applies
to the other channels: 2, 3, and 4.
You may want to change your display
to 4-Deck Stack Mode to assign all the
Decks at once. See Display Modes on
page 15.

This view provides a complete


overview of the track waveform,
and includes a marker to show
the current position within the
track. This view is useful for
finding transitions within the
track. The waveform is colored
according to the sound spectrum
red representing low frequency
bass sounds, green representing
mid frequency sounds and blue
representing high frequency treble
sounds.
You can jump to different
positions within the track by clicking
on the Track Overview display (disabled
in ABS Mode). Grey lines behind the
overview show the length of the track a
thin grey line every minute, and a thick
grey line every 5 minutes. The overview
will be filled when you load the track onto
a Virtual Deck. On slower computers,
you should disable Autofill overviews in
the Library tab of the Setup screen. See
Preparing Your Files on page 11
and AutoFill Overviews on page 34.

Visual Aids
When the track is playing several
waveforms are displayed. Each shows a
different aspect of the track being played.

Tempo Matching Display


The Tempo Matching display area
provides a helpful tool for beat matching.
Scratch Live detects the beats within the
track, and places a row of orange peaks
(for the track on the left side) above a
row of blue peaks (for the track on the
right side) in the Tempo Matching display
area. When the two tracks are matched
to the same tempo, the peaks will line
up. The tempo display is aligned with the
beginning of the bar, so the peaks keep
their relative position as the track plays.
This display does not show the relative
timing of the beats, only the tempos of the
tracks. The peaks will still line up when the
tracks are playing at the same tempo, but
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Main Waveform Display


This view provides a closeup of the track, including
color coding to show the
frequency of the sound; red
representing low frequency
bass, green representing
mid-frequencies and blue
representing high-frequency
treble sounds. You can
also switch to a three-band
spectrum view by holding
the ctrl key and clicking
on the waveform. Click on
the waveform to scrub
or make fine adjustments
to your position within the track. This
applies to INT Mode only, and may be
useful if you wish to set cue points in
your tracks without your turntables or CD
players connected. The Main Waveform is
zoomed around the current position in the
track. See Cue Points on page 18
and Scratch Live Modes on page
16.

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TIP: Use the + and keys to zoom in


and out.
TIP: Waveform can be either vertical or
horizontal. See Display Modes on page
15.

the BPM of regular records, for example.

NOTE: For best results, set the master


gain to 12 oclock, and adjust the
volume of individual tracks using the
track gain adjustment.

Key Lock

Kick Drum

In this example, the red part


of the wave represents a kick
drum, while the purple part
represents a snare drum.

Snare Drum

Beat Matching Display


This view shows the position
of beats within the track. When
beat matching, this view helps
align the downbeats of the two
tracks. The markers are matched
up when the two tracks are beat
matched.
Example: The following is a
demonstration of using the visual
aids to help beat match. In this
example, the track that is playing
is on the Left Deck, and the track to be
mixed in is on the Right Deck.
1.Start the track playing on the Right
Deck. After a few seconds, blue peaks
appear in the Tempo Matching display.
2.Adjust the pitch of the right turntable
until the blue peaks sit under the orange
peaks in the Tempo Matching display.
Once they are aligned, the two tracks
have the same tempo.
3.Next align the markers in the Beat
Matching display. Watch the color of the
items passing by in the Main Waveform
display. Remember that a kick or
bass drum will be red in color, and a
snare drum will be green or blue. This
technique will by no means guarantee
perfect mixes, but may help to speed up
the process of beat matching.

Master Gain
The master output of Scratch Live
can be controlled using the master
gain control. This adjusts the
output volume of all tracks played. Ctrl-

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click the knob to reset it to 12 oclock.

33 / 45 Speeds
Set this to match the speed
of your turntable for normal
playback.

Tracking Indicator
The tracking
indicators on the main screen show the
quality of the signal coming from the
control record or CD. The length of the bar
indicates the speed of the record or CD.
The color indicates the amount of position
information Scratch Live is receiving.
When you are playing the record at normal
speed, the tracking indicator should be
grey. If it is mostly red there is a problem
reading the control signal. Make sure
your needles are clean, and check the
calibration in the setup screen.
NOTE: It is normal for the tracking
indicator to be red when cueing or
scratching.

Tap Tempo
For tracks with no BPM
information, there is a tap tempo
button displayed where the BPM usually
is, in the song info area. Pressing altspace bar activates the tempo tapper
(press alt-space bar a second time to
activate the tempo tapper on the Right
Virtual Deck). Tap the space bar along
with the beat. After youve tapped the
first beat, you can switch to double time
tapping, half time, start of each bar etc.
The range is set by the first two taps, after
that you can switch to any steady rhythm
you feel comfortable with quarter notes,
half note, whole notes. Esc resets the
BPM, Enter saves the BPM to the track.
You can use the mouse if you prefer.
Your CD player or turntables pitch slider
doesnt need to be at zero, we do the
math for you. You can also use the tempo
tapper when no song is loaded, for finding

When Key Lock is on, the key or


pitch of the song stays locked at
what it would be if the track was playing
at normal speed, regardless of the platter
speed of the turntable or CD player. Key
Lock has scratch detection, so that it
automatically turns off when scratching
for a natural scratching sound. Turn Key
Lock on or off by clicking the button to the
top right of the Virtual Deck.
TIP: F5 and F10 will turn Key Lock on
and off for the Left and Right Decks
respectively.

Repeat
Use the Repeat function to repeat
the song across the entire length of
the control record.
TIP: Short loop samples can be
turned into a continuous track using
the Repeat function. The loops must be
less than 10 seconds long, and cut at
the start and end of a bar.

Censor
Use the censor button to mask
parts of a song, or use as a special
effect. When you press the censor button,
the track starts playing backwards from
that point. When you release the censor
button, the track plays forward from the
point you would have been, had you not
pressed the censor button. Censor is
available only in REL and INT Modes.

Eject
This ejects the track playing or
loaded from its Virtual Deck.

Autoplay
Click the Auto button to enable
autoplay. With this setting turned
on, when one track finishes playing, the
next track starts automatically. Load from
a crate to play through the songs in that
crate, or from your library to play through
your library. Autoplay works in both REL

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and INT modes. Play from start must be


checked in the Playback tab of the Setup
screen for autoplay to work correctly. See
Play From Start on page 33.

Track Gain
Use the track gain knob to balance
the volume of the tracks in your
library. Any adjustment made to the
gain of a track is saved with the file,
and will be reapplied to the entire
track when it is loaded again. The
level meter shows the level sent to
the hardware interface after both
individual track gain and master
gain adjustment. Ctrl-click the knob to
reset it to 12 oclock.
NOTE: For automatic gain setting of
your tracks, see Use Auto Gain on
page 33.

USB Dropout Indicator


The USB dropout
indicator on the main
screen is a useful trouble
shooting tool if you
have problems with audio dropouts. Such
dropouts are caused by an interruption
in passing the audio to the Scratch Live
hardware interface. If such an interruption
(or dropout) occurs, a red light will appear
briefly, just to the left of the Scratch Live
logo at the top of the screen. The light will
be red for one second, and then orange
for four seconds.
If you experience USB drop outs:
Increase the USB Buffer Size. See USB
Buffer Size (Latency) on page 32.
Try closing other applications that are
running at the same time as Scratch
Live.
Try turning off background tasks, for
example, wireless networking.
If your CPU load is very high, try
decreasing the Maximum Screen
Updates setting in the Display tab of the
Setup screen. See Maximum Screen
Updates on page 35.

Display
Modes

Scratch Live gives you the option of


four different display modes to suit your
performance style. The Display Mode
buttons are located in the top left of the
Main Screen. The display modes are:
Library Mode: Maximizes your
library space by minimizing the
Virtual Deck information displayed. In
Library Mode only the track information,
Virtual Deck, mode, track overview display
and meter are displayed. Use the space
bar to toggle between Library Mode and
your current display mode.
Classic Vertical Mode: The two
Primary Decks are displayed on
the left and right sides of the screen with
vertical waveforms in the middle.
Classic Horizontal Mode: The two
Primary Decks are displayed on
the left and right sides of the screen with
horizontal waveforms in the middle.
2-Deck Stack Mode: The Primary
Decks are stacked on top of each
other in a horizontal fashion. Stack Mode
aligns the waveforms on top of each
other, while maximizing waveform space.
The controls for all Decks can be shown
or hidden by pressing the Show Deck
Controls Button on any Deck.

Library
Views

You can choose between four different


library views which allow for visual
browsing using text and album art. Select
your Library View by using the buttons in
the bottom left area of the main screen.
The available Library Views are:
Simple List: Displays the track
information in a text list.
Album Art List: Adds an album art
column to the Simple List mode.
Album Art Grid 1: Displays the
album art as a grid with the track
information text to the right.
Album Art Grid 2: Displays the
album art as a grid with the track
information text below.
NOTE: Your files must have album
art added for it to be displayed. See
Adding Album Art on page 27.
TIP: For all views you can adjust the
font size by using the Font Size slider in
the Library tab on the Setup screen. For
all Album Art views you can adjust the
album art size using the Album Art Size
slider in the same area.

4-Deck Stack Mode: Like 2-Deck


Stack Mode, showing all four decks.
See Select Primary Decks on page
32.

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Absolute Mode

Relative Mode

ABS mode is the default mode, and


most closely resembles the properties of
normal vinyl. The beginning of the track
is mapped to the start of the record, and
by picking up the tone arm and moving
the needle to another part of the record
(needle dropping) you can move to a
different position within the track.
ABS mode faithfully reproduces the
movement of vinyl control records,
including stops, starts, scratching, needle
dropping, rubbing and other turntablist
techniques.
When you reach the end of the record
using either REL or ABS modes, Scratch
Live automatically switches to INT mode.
This is known as Emergency Internal
mode, and prevents long tracks from
stopping when you run out of record.
You can switch from Emergency Internal
mode to ABS mode by lifting the needle
and placing it in the lead-in of the control
record. Emergency Internal mode will
activate after 1 second. Use the keyboard
shortcut F1 (left deck) or F6 (right deck) to
switch to ABS mode.

REL mode observes the relative forward


and backward movement of the record,
but does not take into account the
position within the record. REL mode
disables needle dropping, but allows skipfree scratching.

NOTE: Be careful when scratching


near the end of the record not to
accidentally go past this point and
into internal mode, or the track will no
longer respond to record movement!

TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut F2 (left


deck) or F7 (right deck) to switch to
REL mode.

Scratch Live
Modes

Scratch Live has three different modes of


operation. You can switch between these
modes by clicking the mode buttons near
each Virtual Deck.

Thru Mode

Click on the THRU button to switch


between Scratch Live and regular vinyl
or CDs. Click the THRU button for the
respective Deck in Scratch Live. (The
THRU button on the left Virtual Deck for
the left channel, and vice versa.)
When a Virtual Deck is set to THRU
mode; the waveform will be grayed out,
the on-screen THRU button will flash and
the Virtual Deck will change to black /
white with Thru written on it.
This will change the state of the
channels to THRU mode, sending audio
direct from the SL4 inputs to your mixer.
See Playing Regular Vinyl and CDs on
page 7.

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See: Drop To Absolute Position (REL


Mode) on page 33.
REL mode adds additional speed
controls:
Previous track Go to the previous
track in the list.
Rewind - The rewind function
speeds up the longer you press the
button.
Fast forward The fast forward
function speeds up the longer you
hold the button.
Next track Jump to the next track
in the list.

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Internal Mode

INT mode allows playing tracks without


external vinyl (or CD) control. INT mode
has a start / stop function and a virtual
pitch slider. Holding down the shift key
moves the pitch slider slowly. Holding the
ctrl key and clicking on the pitch slider
resets the pitch to zero.
Scratch Live automatically switches
to INT mode when the end of the control
record is reached; you can switch back
to REL mode by placing the needle in the
first five minutes of the control record.
If you switch from ABS or REL into INT
mode, Scratch Live automatically adjusts
pitch to maintain playback speed as
set by the turntable. Use the keyboard
shortcut F3 (left deck) or F8 (right deck) to
switch to INT mode.
INT mode adds these additional controls:
Play / pause reverse - Press to
play, press again to stop playback.
You can adjust the braking knob in the
setup screen to range from an immediate
stop to a slow turntable-style power
down. See Braking (INT Mode) on
page 33.

Bend up Create a temporary


increase in the playback speed. Use
bend up if the two tracks are in time, but
this track is slightly behind the other track.
Pitch Slider - Use the pitch slider
to make pitch adjustments while
using INT mode. Drag the pitch
slider with the mouse to make large
pitch movements, or hold the shift
key and drag the pitch slider to
make fine adjustments.
Clicking the RANGE button
above the slider changes the slider
range to 8%, 10%, 16%,
50% or 100%.

Temporary Cue
There is a temporary cue point that can be
used like the cue button on many DJ CD
players. Press ctrl-I to set this temporary
cue point on the Left Deck, and ctrl-K to
set it on the Right Deck. This temp cue
point is shown in the main waveform as a
white marker. This cue point is not saved
with the track, and by default is set to the
beginning of the track. Press I to jump to
this temporary cue point on the Left Deck,
and K for the Right Deck. If you hold down
the I or K key while the track is stopped, it
will play from the temporary cue point. As
soon as you release the key, it will jump
back to the temporary cue point. Note
that you can use this shortcut to jump to
the beginning of the track if the temporary
cue point has not been set. See Cue
Points on page 18.

Play / pause forward Press to


play, press again to stop playback.
Uses the same braking as described
above.

More Controls
You can also control playback using the
computer keyboard shortcutsturn Caps
Lock on to enable. See Playback Keys
Use Shift on page 32.
Left
Deck

Function

Right
Deck

play / pause reverse

play / pause forward

pitch down

pitch up

bend down

bend up

Alt-Q

load previous track

Alt-A

Alt-W

load next track

Alt-S

Alt-E

rewind

Alt-D

Alt-R

fast forward

Alt-F

Ctrl-I

set temporary cue


point

Ctrl-K

Click on the waveform to scrub or make


fine adjustments to your position within
the track. This may be useful if you wish
to set cue points in your tracks, and
dont have your turntables or CD players
connected.
NOTE: If you play a track in INT mode,
and then switch to ABS or REL mode,
the pitch adjustment will be dictated by
the turntable, so there will be a jump in
pitch unless they are already perfectly
matched.
TIP: If you are in ABS or REL mode and
you get a build up of dust on the needle
that is breaking up the audio, hold
down ctrl and press the INT button.
This will take you to INT mode and
reset the pitch to zero.

Bend down - Create a temporary


decrease in the playback speed.
Use bend down if the two tracks are in
time, but this track is slightly ahead of the
other track.

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Cue Points

TIP: Zoom in on the waveform using the


and + keys and scrub to the desired
position for greater accuracy when
setting cue points.

Looping

Enable Hot Cues


To turn on hot cues, check Enable Hot
Cues in the Playback tab on the Setup
screen. When Hot Cues are enabled, you
can set cue points simply by pressing the
number keys 1 through 0 (no ctrl modifier
required). Note that you can only add cues
this way if the cue point slots are empty.
See Enable Hot Cues on page 32.
Use cue points in Scratch Live to mark
and trigger different parts of your tracks.
The cue point markers are saved with the
file in the tracks ID3 tag, so they will be
present each time you load the track.

Setting Cue Points


You can set up to five cue points for each
track. Click on the + button to place a
cue point, or use the keyboard shortcuts
below. A cue point will be set at the
current playhead position of the track and
can occupy any of the 5 slots.
Use the keyboard shortcuts: ctrlcomma (for left) and ctrl-period (for right)
to place cue points in chronological order.
Alternatively, use ctrl-1 through 0 to set a
specific cue point, i.e., to set a cue point
on the Left Deck in slot 2, press ctrl-2.
Notice the stripe on the Virtual Deck
jumps to the 12 oclock position and
changes color when you set a cue point
you are at the cue point when the stripe
is one solid color and at the 12 oclock
position. As the track plays on beyond the
position of the cue point, the colored bar
shortens by a fifth for each rotation.
Likewise, as you approach the cue point,
the color will grow by a fifth each rotation.
For example, the picture below shows the
track just before the end of the 5th
rotation before the cue point.

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Triggering Cue Points


Click the arrow to the left of each cue
point to jump to it (REL and INT modes
only). You can also jump to cue points
using shortcuts: 1 through 5 for the cue
points on the Left Deck, and 6 through 0
for the Right Deck cue points.

Editing Cue Points


To remove a cue point, use the x button
on the right side of the cue point panel.
You can also overwrite cue points by
using the shortcut keys ctrl-1 through 0.

Customizing Cue Points


To change the color of a cue point, click
on the colored square and choose a new
color from the drop down menu.
To name your cue point, double click
on the time field. You can now edit and
name this cue point to whatever you like.
You can also drag and drop cue points
to change their order in the list. If you wish
to have the cue points sorted by time,
check Sort cues chronologically in the
Playback tab on the Setup screen. If you
load the same track onto both Decks, you
will be able to add or modify cue points
from either Deck.
When you jump to a cue point in INT
mode while paused, the track will play
from the cue point for as long as the key
or mouse button is pressed, after which
the playhead returns to the cue point. If
this is done using the keyboard while the
track is playing in either INT or REL mode,
the cue point will be repeatedly triggered,
producing a stuttering effect.

You can save up to 9 loops per track.


These loops are saved in the file, and will
be present when you reload the track. To
make a loop, set the in-point by clicking
the IN button, and the out-point by
clicking the OUT button. To turn the loop
on or off, click the LOOP button. If you
want the playhead to jump to the start
of the loop when you enable the loop,
hold the control key and press the LOOP
button.
To adjust the in-point of the loop, click
the IN button. You can use the arrow keys:
left arrow to move the in-point towards
the start of the track, right arrow to move
the in-point towards the end of the track.
Hold down the shift key while pressing the
arrow key to make coarse adjustments.
Click the IN button again to save the inpoint. The same applies to adjusting the
out-point.
You can also use the control vinyl (or
CD) to adjust the in- and out-point. Click
the IN button, then move the control vinyl.
Moving the vinyl will adjust the in-point.
Once you are happy with the new in-point,
click the IN button again to save, and
release the control vinyl.
The control vinyl will go back to
controlling playback once the record
is back up to normal speed. Using the
control vinyl to adjust loop end points is
optionalto turn this feature off, disable
Adjust loops with vinyl under the Vinyl
Control tab in the Setup screen.
There are 9 available loop slots per
track. If a loop is set in a given slot, the
background (behind the loop number)
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the loop. If you click on the locked loop


symbol, a red border will appear. This
indicates the loop is locked, and you
will not be able to adjust the end points
or delete the loop until you unlock it, by
clicking on the number again.
NOTE: Looping applies to REL and INT
modes.

Auto-Looping
Auto-looping
allows you to
create loops
instantly. If
the track has
a BPM value simply click the number of
beats you wish to loop and Scratch Live
will create the loop for you. The loop is
snapped to the beats in the song detected
by Scratch Live so even if you press the
button slightly out of time Scratch Live will
still create a perfect loop for you.
Five auto-loop buttons are available on
screen at any one time. They range from
1/32 to 32 beats. The user can select
the auto-loop range with the and
buttons.
Pressing an auto-loop button will create
a loop start point from the nearest beat
to the playhead (within reason), and set
a loop endpoint in the future. Pressing
auto-loop 1 while auto-loop 1 is active will
deactivate the loop. Pressing a different
auto-loop button while looping is active
will extend the endpoint of the current
loop to the appropriate new auto-loop
length.
You can also save an auto-loop to the
next available slot. When using an autoloop, a save button is visible where
the lock loop button normally is.
NOTE: Auto-looping requires the track
BPM to be set. See Set Auto BPM on
page 12.

The A-Slot

Loop Roll with MIDI

A special loop slot A exists for autolooping. The act of using the auto-loop
buttons sets a loop in the A slot,
following the rules above. Turning a
loop off using the auto-loop buttons
returns you to the loop slot that you
were previously in at the time you started
auto-looping. Turning the loop off using
the LOOP button leaves you in the A
slot. The A slot is not saved to disk
automatically, pressing save saves the
loop to the rst empty slot in 1-9.
Auto-looping shortcut keys are alt-1
to 5 for the Left Deck, and alt-6 to 0 for
the Right Deck. They correspond to the
looping buttons as laid out on screen. ie.
if the onscreen buttons display 1 2 4 8 16
beat loops, alt-1 triggers a 1 beat loop,
and alt-5 triggers a 16 beat loop.

You can assign loop roll to MIDI two ways:


1. After pressing the MIDI assign button
in Scratch Live, press the control + alt
keys, click on an auto-loop value, then
click on the button/slider you want it
mapped to on your MIDI controller.
2. You can assign the singular loop roll
button to MIDI, then assign a MIDI
knob or slider on your controller to the
autoloop select knob (visible in the MIDI
assign panel area when in MIDI assign
mode) to change the values on the fly.

Loop Roll

NOTE: Like auto-loop, loop roll requires


a BPM value written to the ID3 tag in
order to work. Build overviews with the
Set Auto BPM box checked and the
proper range for your music selected
to ensure an accurate BPM value. See
Set Auto BPM on page 12

Loop roll performs a standard autoloop, but when the loop is turned off,
the playback position is returned to the
position where it would be if it had not
entered the loop (much like censor).
The other difference between loop
roll and standard auto-loop is the roll
button is momentary. The loop is engaged
when the button is pressed down, and
disengaged when the button is released.
Use short loop lengths to create stutter
type effects.
To activate loop roll, hold control + alt
while clicking on the desired autoloop
increment, or use the keyboard shortcuts:
control + alt + 1 through 5 for the left deck
and control + alt + 6 through 0 for the
right deck. (ie. the same as the auto-loop
controls with the additional alt key as a
modifier).
The range of values available for loop
roll are 1/32 through to 32 beats. The
shortcut keys will activate whichever loop
lengths are visible on screen, i.e., if you
have lengths of a 1/4 beat through to 4
beats visible for the Left Deck, control +
alt + 1 will activate a 1/4 beat loop roll,
control + alt + 2 will activate a 1/8 beat
loop roll and so on.
Use the and buttons to toggle
through the range of possible lengths
visible onscreen.

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TIP: When you have the Autoloop


Select knob assigned to MIDI, you
have all of the loop roll lengths at your
disposal. This allows you to roll up and
down the loop length scale, to create
interesting stutter and build-up effects.

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SP-6 Sample
Player

The SP-6 Sample Player allows you to


play up to six sources of audio, in addition
to the tracks playing on the Virtual Decks.
Any audio file in your Scratch Live library
can be loaded to any one of the six slots,
allowing playback of short samples,
sound effects, or full length tracks.
The SP-6 is enabled when the SL4
is plugged in, but not operational in the
offline player mode.
Click on the SP-6 button to access the
sample player window.
In the top right corner of
the SP-6 there is a
button which opens the
Display Menu. Clicking
on this drops down a
menu with the list of
available controls:
Mode: Chooses the play mode: Trigger
/ On-Off / Hold / Repeat modes.
Output Select: Assigns individual slot
outputs to the left, mix, aux, right or to
the master output selector.
Pitch: Pitch Slider / Bend / Nudge /
Keylock controls.
Play from: Choose which cue point /
loop to use for the loaded track.
Overview: Displays the overview of
each track.
Level: Individual sample slot level and
Gain controls.
Level meter: Displays the volume level
for the sample slot.
This enables you to set up the sample
player with the appropriate controls that
suit your workflow.

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Loading the SP-6

SP-6 Play Modes

To load a track to the SP-6, drag and drop


the desired file from your library into one
of the sample slots. To eject a track, click
the eject button to the right of the title
display.

Each sample slot has three different play


modes:

TIP: You can load tracks to the SP-6


with the keyboard shortcuts: ctrl + alt +
z to n.
TIP: Select and drag six tracks from
your library onto the first sample player
slot to simultaneously load six tracks
across all six slots.

Playing Samples
Pressing the play button on each
slot will play the loaded audio.
TIP: Use the shortcut keys
z (slot 1)
x (slot 2)
c (slot 3)
v (slot 4)
b (slot 5)
n (slot 6)
to trigger each sample respectively.

SP-6 Instant Doubles


You can instant double from the Virtual
Decks down to the SP-6, from the SP-6
up to the Virtual Decks and also between
the sample slots themselves. This means
the position, track gain and speed will
match when you drag a track to from one
location into another. This allows you to
beat match tracks with your turntables/
CD players on the Virtual Decks, and
then instant double the track down to
a slot, freeing up the Virtual Decks to
continue your mix with other tracks. Click
and drag an already playing track from
a Virtual Deck or sample slot and drop it
on another sample slot to begin instant
doubling.

Trigger mode - When play is


pressed, the audio plays through
until the end of the track. Pressing
repetitively will trigger the audio from the
beginning of the track. To stop the audio,
hold the alt key while either clicking the
play button, or pressing the corresponding
shortcut key (e.g., alt - z for slot one).
Hold Mode - The sample will only
play while you press and hold the
play button or the corresponding shortcut
key. Upon release of the play button, the
audio stops immediately. This mode most
closely resembles the function of the
note off mode found on many samplers.
On / Off Mode - When play is
pressed, the audio plays through
until the end of the track. Pressing play
again stops the audio.
Repeat Mode - Each slot has a
repeat button. When activated,
this will repeat the loaded audio file from
beginning to end, or will turn on the loop
selected in the play from field.
TIP: Short loop samples can be
turned into a continuous track using
the repeat function. Ensure there is a
clean cut at the start and end of a bar.
TIP: If you dont wish to use the SP-6,
you can disable it in the Plugins tab on
the Setup screen.

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SP-6 Pitch Controls

SP-6 Track Overviews

There are
individual
Pitch Slider,
Bend,
Nudge, and Keylock controls for each
sample slot. The BPM is also displayed
next to the pitch slider. If no BPM is
present in the tracks ID3 tag, the pitch of
the track is displayed as a percentage.
Click and drag the pitch slider to make
regular pitch adjustments. Hold the shift
key and move the pitch slider to make fine
pitch adjustments.
Click on the + and buttons to nudge
the track into time. (temporary pitch
adjustment)
Hold the ctrl key and click the + and
buttons to make ultra-fine pitch
adjustments to nudge the track, adjusting
the pitch permanently.

Displays an
overview of the
track loaded to each sample slot. The
waveform, play head position, cue points
and selected loops will all be visible.

SP-6 Play From Selector


Use the
Play From
selector to choose where the track will
play from. You can choose to play a
track from the start of the file, any one of
the cue points, or any one of the loop in
points.
When this is set to play from start, or
play from a cue point, the track will play
right through until stopped. When a loop is
selected, the track will play until the loop
out point, unless you have track repeat
on, in which case the track will loop using
the in and out points of the selected loop.
The number of options will be
dependent on the number of cue points
and loops already set in your track. i.e
if the track loaded has no cue points
and loops set, then only start will be
available as a Play From option.
TIP: To set or adjust cue and loop
information for a track, load it to a
Virtual Deck, make your adjustments,
then load it back into the sample slot.

SP-6 Slot Volumes


Each
individual
sample
slot has a
separate volume slider and gain control.
Volume Sliders - Use the volume slider to
mix and make temporary adjustments to
the volume of the sample you are playing.
You can use these sliders like you use the
line faders or up faders on your DJ mixer,
fading from full volume right through to
completely silent.
Gain Knobs - In addition to the volume
slider there is an additional gain knob for
each slot. These allow you to fine tune
the maximum gain volume of the loaded
sample. The gain adjustment will also be
written to the tracks ID3 tag, meaning that
it will be the same everytime you load it.

SP-6 Output Selector


Use the master output
selector button to choose
where you wish to have
the SP-6 output to.
1 outputs through
channel 1
2 outputs through
channel 2
3 outputs through
channel 3
4 outputs through channel 4
A outputs through the Aux output
The master sample player Gain knob
adjusts the overall SP-6 volume.

Individual Output Selectors


By default
each sample
slot will be set to Master, mirroring the

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SP-6 master output setting. You can


however, use the individual output
selector buttons to override the master
output setting.
To send an individual slot to a different
output from the master, deselect the
master option by clicking the MASTER
button for the corresponding slot.
This will unlink the sample slot from the
master sample player output selection,
allowing you to choose the 1, 2, 3, 4 or
Aux output for each slot. These output
routings will be saved when you close
down Scratch Live, so the next time
you launch Scratch Live, your preferred
settings will remain the same.

SP-6 Mute Buttons


Use the mute buttons to mute the
audio output for each of the SP-6s
sample slots. Click the mute button to
silence the audio output, click the mute
button again to turn the audio back on.
You can also ctrl-click on the mute
buttons to mute the outputs momentarily,
meaning that the audio will only be muted
for as long as you hold your mouse click.

SP-6 Sample Banks


The SP-6 has four separate
sample banks, labeled A, B,
C and D. To switch between
the different banks click on the A, B, C
or D buttons. Each bank will save the
individual sample and sample slot settings
you last used, allowing you to prepare
banks for easy recall at a later stage.
Sample Bank A will load as the default.
TIP: You can MIDI assign these buttons,
allowing you to create a virtual kill
switch for the sample slot. To MIDI
assign momentary mute, hold ctrl and
click on the mute button before tapping
your MIDI controller.

SP-6 MIDI
All features of the SP-6 are MIDI
assignable. The SP-6 window must be
opened first before enabling MIDI assign
mode. SEE MIDI Control on page
23.

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Super Knob Mode

DJ-FX Plugin

The DJ-FX Plugin gives you control of


two FX units, each with three chained
effects slots per unit. Each FX unit has
two control modes: Ultra Knob Mode and
Super Knob Mode, both of which can be
fully customized. The DJ-FX plugin opens
in Ultra Knob Mode by default.
To enable the DJ-FX Plugin, go to the
Plugins tab in the Setup screen, choose
DJ-FX and check Enable DJ-FX Plugin.
Once enabled, the DJ-FX panel button
appears in the panels area on the main
screen.

Super Knob Mode allows you


individual control of each effect
in the FX unit. Each effect slot has a Super
Knob which controls the wet and dry
amount for the effect.
Click the Effects drop down box to
select an effect for the effect slot. You can
leave a slot empty by selecting empty.
Click the ON button by the Super
Knobs to toggle turning the effect(s) on
and off.
The effects chain works in series going
from effects slots 1 to 3, meaning that the
effected audio from slot 1 passes through
slot 2, which is then passed through slot
3.

Effects BPM Multiplier


The Effects BPM
Multiplier is used to
adjust the effect time. The effect time is
set using the tracks BPM value, but by
applying the Effects BPM Multiplier you
can increase or decrease the effect time.

Deck Assign

NOTE: The DJ-FX plugin is not visible


if your Rane hardware is not connected.

You can select which Deck the FX unit


applies to by clicking the Deck buttons.
Each Deck can only pass through one FX
unit at a time.

Ultra Knob Mode

Show Parameters

Click the Ultra Knob Mode


button to select Ultra Knob
Mode. This allows you to control up to
three effects slots in one FX unit using the
one Ultra Knob.
Click on the drop down menu to load an
Ultra Knob effect. (This is empty before
settings are saved in Macro Edit Mode.)
Click the ON button to enable the effect,
and use the Ultra Knob to control the wet
and dry amount of all effects.

Press the Show Parameters button


to expose the individual parameters
for each effect. You can then control

the individual parameters by adjusting


their respective knobs.
In Ultra Knob Mode, use this to select
which effects are loaded and controlled by
the Ultra Knob.
In Ultra and Super Knob Mode, you
can link or unlink a parameter to the
Super Knob by pressing the Link Button,
allowing one master control of some
parameters and individual control of
others.

Macro Edit Mode


Macro Edit Mode is an advanced
option that allows you to create
macro mappings for each effect and to
save any effects edits made in Ultra or
Super Knob Mode. Open Macro Edit
Mode by clicking the Macro Edit Button
while Show Parameters is open. Once
opened, more controls appear which
allow you to create and change parameter
mappings.
To map a parameter to the Ultra or Super
Knob:
1. Unlink the parameter that you want
to map to the knob. The Macro Min
and Max buttons for this parameter are
now displayed.
2. Move the Ultra or Super Knob
to the position that you want the
parameter to start mapping from.
3. Move the Parameter Knob to the
position that you want the to be the
lowest value of the parameter.
4. Press the Macro Min button to set
the minimum position.

Click the Show Parameters button


to show the effects and parameters
that are controlled by the loaded
Ultra Knob preset.
Macro Edit Mode

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5. Move the Ultra or Super Knob


to the position that you want the
parameter to end being controlled
from.
6. Move the Parameter Knob to the
position that you want the to be the
highest value of the parameter.
7. Press the Macro Max button to set
the maximum.
8. Link the parameter to the Ultra or
Super Knob by pressing the Link
button.
Now when you adjust the Ultra or Super
Knob you will see the parameter knob
move within the range that you just
specified. Any parameters not customized
but linked to the Super or Ultra Knob will
behave as normal.
You can save any macro mappings
you have made to an effect by
clicking the Save button by the Super
Knob, and save effects combinations
made in Ultra Knob Mode by clicking the
Save button by the Ultra Knob.

Assigning Controls

MIDI Control

The MIDI Control feature in Scratch Live


provides the ability to map MIDI controls
to Scratch Live controls, and thus control
the functions of Scratch Live using MIDI
controllers such as keyboards, triggers,
sliders, and knobs. Integrating MIDI
controllers into your Scratch Live setup
can improve live performance usability,
such as hitting pads on a MIDI controller
to trigger loops and cue points.

MIDI Controller Setup


The process of setting up a MIDI
controller for use with Scratch Live
will vary depending on the hardware in
question. Many devices can connect to
a computer using MIDI over USB, and
will either be supported directly by your
operating system, or require installation of
drivers and conguration utility software.
Follow the manufacturers instructions for
installation.
Other controllers may solely use a MIDI
out connector to send control messages,
and will require a separate MIDI interface
unit to communicate to software.
Generally the MIDI interface will come with
drivers and conguration tools which pass
your controllers output onto an available
MIDI channel, which can be used by
Scratch Live.
Once your controller is installed and
functioning correctly, use these directions
for assigning controls.

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To enable MIDI assign mode,


click the MIDI button. Hovering
the mouse pointer over a control will bring
up the MIDI assignment box, showing the
current assignment status.
To assign a MIDI control, click on the
control in Scratch Live, then move the
MIDI control. The MIDI assignment box
should update to show it has mapped the
controls to one-another.
To un-assign a MIDI control, click on the
control in Scratch Live, and press return
on your computer keyboard.
While in MIDI assign mode, controls
which have MIDI inputs assigned show a
green box indicator around them.
NOTE: Once in MIDI assign mode,
Scratch Live controls will no longer
respond directly to the mouse. If you
need to change a control using the
mouse, disable MIDI assign mode.

MIDI Output Lighting


Any mappable
software
feature with
an ON /
OFF state
(rather than
momentary
or toggle)
has a lighting
option. The light on the MIDI controller will
stay ON when the function is ON rather
just lighting up when it is touched on
the MIDI controller. You can disable it by
pressing L whilst mapping. There is an
Enable MIDI Output Lighting checkbox
for global default in the MIDI Presets panel
of the Setup screen.

MIDI Platters
The Scratch Live Virtual Decks are not
user assignable to MIDI control. MIDI
devices with platters on them all send
different data so user mapping is not
possible. To control the platter use a
natively supported controller.

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Assign MIDI to Other Controls

Native Controller Support

Controls which
are not normally
visible are available for assignment when
in MIDI assign mode by clicking on the
Show MIDI Panel button. This will open
up a panel allowing MIDI assignment for
controls including library navigation as
well as additional Deck functions such as
fine pitch control and extended cue and
looping features.

This Scratch Live version currently has


native support for the following 3rd party
controllers:
Denon DJ DN-HC1000S
Denon DJ DN-HC4500
Novation Dicer
Vestax VFX-1
Pioneer CDJ-350
Pioneer CDJ-850
Pioneer CDJ-2000
Pioneer CDJ-900
Pioneer CDJ-400
Pioneer MEP-7000

Ctrl-Click Functionality
Some Scratch Live controls on the GUI
have additional functionality assigned
to ctrl-click. You can assign ctrl-click
functionality to a MIDI control, alongside
the normal functionality. For example, ctrlclick on the INT mode pitch slider returns
pitch to zero. To assign this to MIDI
control, enter MIDI assign mode, ctrl-click
on the slider, and then assign one of the
pads to it. When you press the pad, pitch
goes to 0.

Presets

These controllers are plug and play, and


can automatically control Scratch Live
with no MIDI assigment necessary. Visit
serato.com for detailed documentation on
how to use these controllers.

MIDI Devices
Any connected MIDI device will be listed
within the MIDI Device List in the MIDI
panel of the Setup screen. You are able
to enable or disable any of these devices
using the Enable MIDI Device checkbox.

Technical Information
Scratch Live MIDI Control only supports:
Note On/Off
Standard 7-bit CC (Control Change)
14-bit CC
RPN/NRPN (14-bit)
MIDI presets are accessible in the MIDI
panel of the Setup screen. By default,
the current MIDI assignments in Scratch
Live are automatically remembered and
loaded next time you start the program.
The Preset panel allows you to save and
recall several different MIDI setups. This
is useful if you are using several MIDI
devices or want to quickly switch MIDI
setups without having to reassign all your
controls.

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Organizing
Your Music

Scratch Live can support an unlimited


number of tracks the only limitation
is the size of the hard drive of your
computer. A number of features are
included to help you to keep your music
organized and find songs quickly and
easily.

Grouping Tracks Into Crates


Scratch Live supports several ways of
organizing and sorting your file library.
iTunes users will notice that Scratch Live
can incorporate your existing iTunes
library and playlists.
Scratch Live uses digital crates for
quick access to your favorite collections.
There is no limit to the number of crates
you can create, and any given track can
be placed in multiple crates. For example,
you could organize your files into the
following crates, where any one track
would be filed in more than one crate:
Hip Hop
UK Hip Hop
French Hip Hop
Inst Hip Hop
Old Hip Hop
Hip Hop LPs
To make a new
crate, click the Add New Crate button in
the bottom left corner of the main screen
(brown crate icon). To rename a
crate, double click the crate name.
You can change the order of tracks
within a crate by sorting by the # column
and dragging them up or down.

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TIP: Check the Protect library option


in the Library tab of the Setup screen to
prevent changes to your crates. If you
do delete a crate by accident, you can
get it back from the recycle bin / trash.
Crate files have the extension .crate.

You can then choose the following


inclusion /exclusion criteria:
Contains
Is
Does not contain
Is not

Subcrates

Check the Match all of the following


Rules option so that tracks must match
all the set rules to be added to the crate.
If this option is not checked, any track
which matches any of the rules will be
added to the crate.
Check the Live update option to have
the smart crate update when any tags are
edited in your music library. With this
option unchecked, the crate contents will
be updated only when you click the
refresh crate icon, which is not visible
when Live update is checked.
Click Save
to save your
crate or
Cancel to exit without saving.
Click the Edit button (next to the Add
Smart Crate button) to edit the rules of an
existing Smart Crate.

You can drag and drop crates into other


crates to make subcrates. If you drag a
crate to the very left of the crate panel,
it will stay in the top level of the crate
structure. If you drag the crate a little to
the right, onto the name of another crate,
it will make the crate you are dragging a
sub crate of the first crate.

Smart Crates
Smart crates are crates which update
their contents by using keywords which
are matched with selected tags of your
music library tracks. Smart crates can
be updated automatically or at your
discretion.
To create a smart crate, click the Add
Smart Crate button in the bottom left
corner of the main screen
(blue
crate icon). A popup window will open
which allows you to add the rules to fill
your smart crate. Press Add Rule to add a
rule for the smart crate to match with. For
each rule you can choose a field to match
on from the drop down menu:
Added (date)
Album
Artist
BPM
Comment
Composer
Filename
Genre
Grouping
Key
Label
Remixer
Song
Whitelabel
Year

Sorting Your Files


The track information display area can be
customized to display the columns listed
below:
Added
Album
Artist
Bitrate
BPM
Comment
Composer
Filename
Genre
Grouping
Key
Label
Length
Location
Remixer
Sampling
Size
Track
Video Track
Year

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The column button is located at the


top of the library pane in the right hand
corner. Click on the column button to
select which columns you want to display.
To sort your library by a column, click
the column header so it highlights. For
example, clicking on the album column
header will sort your library alphabetically
by album title. To move a column, drag
the header to the left or right. To resize
a column, click on the column boundary
and drag it to the left or right.

Using the Song Browser

The song browser allows you to filter


your song list by Genre, BPM, Artist and
Album. To turn the song browser on or off,
click the Browse button.

Searching
Scratch Live includes
a search function to
help you find files
quickly and easily.
Enter text into the
search box and
Scratch Live will
automatically find as
you type. To select
which fields the
search function will
look through, click on
the left hand side of the search box. The
drop down menu shows which fields are
currently being used. Press esc or the x
button on the right of the search box to
clear the search.
TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut
ctrl-f to jump to the search box. This
keyboard shortcut will also take you out
of any crate or playlist that you might
be in and into your main library, so you
can find any track in your collection. If
you then click on a crate or playlist, the
search query will be cleared.

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Prepare Window
The Prepare window is a holding area for
tracks, much like preparing a set by lifting
records part way out of your record bag.
You can drag tracks (or whole crates)
from the main track list into the Prepare
window, or simply drag them onto the
Prepare button. These tracks will be
removed from the Prepare window once
they have been played. All tracks in the
Prepare window will be discarded when
you exit Scratch Live.
TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut ctrl-p to
add tracks to the Prepare window.
TIP: Select the contents of the Prepare
window and drag them onto the new
crate button (+) to save your selection
as a crate.

Playtime: When viewing a song row, the


total played time of the song is displayed
(i.e., 00:03:00). When viewing a session
row, the total elapsed time of the session
is displayed with date (i.e., 10/09/08
01:38:16).
Deck: The Virtual Deck that the song was
played on will be displayed under the
deck column. In the song row, either left
or right is displayed. The offline player will
be listed as offline.
Notes: Use this field to list particular
information about your songs and each
session (i.e., note how you transitioned
from one track to another).
Start Session / End Session:
To start or end a session, click
the corresponding button.

History
The History button opens a
complete log of all the tracks
you have played and allows exporting
Scratch Live session information as a data
file.
Each session is catalogued by date
and time. Using the drop down arrow,
you can navigate to and view detailed
information of any previous sessions.
There are columns for the period (i.e.,
date of session), name of track and artist
name. In addition, these other categories
listed below will give you more detailed
information about your sessions:
Start Time: When viewing a song row, the
start time of the song is displayed. When
viewing a session row, the start time of the
session is displayed with the date (in real
time value).
End Time: When viewing a song row, the
end time of the song is displayed. When
viewing a session row, the end time of the
session is displayed with the date (in real
time value).

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Insert Track: If you wish to add


information for tracks not played in
Scratch Live into your session (e.g., if you
played one of your favorite vinyl or CDs),
select the song you want to insert after
and click the Insert Track button. Double
click the inserted track fields and edit your
information accordingly. When exporting
an m3u playlist [see exporting below]
Inserted Tracks will not be present.

Export: You can export each session as a


data file using the Export button. Select
a session, then choose your preferred file
Format, and click Export. There are three
possible export formats:
text: to create a simple text file with your
session information contained within.
csv: to create a file for use in
spreadsheet software.
m3u: to create a playlist file, which can
be imported into media players. Note
that an m3u does not contain audio
itself, it only points to the location of
your audio files. (Inserted tracks within
sessions will not be included in an m3u
playlist.)

Serato Playlists: see Serato Playlists


on page 26.
Delete: To delete a history session,
highlight the session, then press ctrl + del.
TIP: To make a new Scratch Live crate
containing your session information,
select a session and drag it to the
+ new crate icon. The crate will
automatically use the session date as
the crate name.
Listing Behavior: Only the tracks you
actually play are listed in history. When
you change or eject a track from any
virtual deck, the last track that was loaded
to a Virtual Deck is listed.
You can choose to show tracks which
you have auditioned, but not actually
played, by checking the Show unplayed
tracks box. The session will then also
list these tracks in grey, along with actual
played tracks.
Alternatively, you can mark or unmark
tracks as played manually. Select a track
(or a group of tracks) and click the Mark
as played or Mark as unplayed button.
This may be useful if you play a track off
regular vinyl or CDbreaking the A-B
algorithm).
Songs that you have played are marked
as green in your library. Click on the
button marked Clear to reset the list of
recently played tracks and turn the color
of your library back to white.

Serato Playlists
The Serato Playlists plugin allows you
to upload your history sessions to your
serato.com profile for viewing, sharing and
editing. You can upload your playlist once
your session is complete, or by using
the Live Playlists feature to update your
playlists online in real time!
To enable this plugin, go to the Plugins
tab on the Setup screen and check the
Enable Serato Playlists Plugin option.
Open the History panel and you will
now have access to the Serato Playlists
options.

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Uploading Serato Playlists

Editing ID3 tags

Adding Album Art

Once you have finished your session, or to


upload a previous history session, select
the desired session in the History panel.
Click the Format dropdown box, select
Serato Playlists and click the Export
button. You will receive the following
warning:

Much of the information associated


with each file can be edited from within
Scratch Live. Double click on the
attribute within the main library to edit
the attribute. Filename, length, size, bit
rate and sampling cannot be edited. This
information is saved in the file itself. Note
that the protect library option in setup
must be unchecked to allow edits. for
details on auto-BPM see Preparing
Your Files on page 11.

You can add album art to a file by


dragging and dropping a jpeg or png file
onto the track in any of the album art
views, or onto the Album Art window. If
you do this while the track is loaded to a
Virtual Deck, the album artwork will not be
added until the track is ejected.

Warning: This feature will submit play


data from your History to your online
Serato Playlists and may affect sound
card performance while sending.
Do you wish to continue?
If you choose Yes you will then be taken
to www.serato.com where you can review
your playlist before choosing to post it
online. Once posted, you have the option
to edit the playlist and track information.
NOTE: We recommend that you turn off
any wireless networking devices when
using Scratch Live. If you export your
playlist online whilst playing you may
experience USB dropouts. If so, you
may wish to avoid using this function.

Live Playlists
Serato Playlists has the Live Playlists
option to allow you to display what you
are playing online in realtime on your
serato.com profile.
To enable the Live Playlists feature go to
the Plugins tab on the Setup screen and
check the Enable Live Playlists option.
Once enabled, the Start Live Playlist
button is now displayed in the History
panel. Click this to start and stop your
Live Playlist session.
NOTE: Live Playlists requires you to be
connected to the internet while playing,
which may result in USB dropouts. If
so, you may wish to avoid using this
function.

TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut ctrl-e


to edit text. Hold down the ctrl key and
move with the arrow keys to change
to a different field while staying in edit
mode. When you have more than one
file selected, editing tags changes all
the files in your selection.
TIP: The second column in the library
is the label color for that file. Click it to
bring up a color palette, and customize
the Virtual Deck for that file.

Library Zoom

Status Icons
The leftmost column shows the status of
each track. The image to the left shows
five tracks with differing statuses.
Scratch Live has detected some
corruption in the MP3 file. If
possible, re-encode the MP3.
The track has been imported
from the iTunes library.
The track has been imported
from the iTunes library, and
Scratch Live has detected some
corruption in the MP3 file. Solution: If
possible, re-encode the MP3.

You can change the size of your library


text by using the shortcuts ctrl + and ctrl
.

The track cannot be found. Most


likely the file has been renamed
or moved.

Display Album Art

Tracks that are read-only have a


locked icon.

MP3 files can


contain album art
information. Click
the Album Art
button at the very
bottom left of the
screen to open a
small window. This
window displays the album art of the track
currently selected in the library.
Album art can also be shown next to
the the track information display on each
Virtual Deck. Click on the Display tab in
the Setup screen to find this option. See
Show Album Art On Deck on page
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More Info on Corrupt Files


If you have a corrupt file in your library,
hover your mouse over the status
icon for information on what type of
corruption was found. See Corrupt File
Descriptions and Diagnoses on page
40.

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File
Management

button from the Files pane. This is


useful if you know the location of your
files, as it only scans the drag and drop
location, with faster relocation.

Copy: Select this to make a copy of


the selected files and folders in the new
location. Your library will now contain
entries for both the originals and copies.

Deleting Crates and Tracks

Move: Select this to move the selected


files and/or folders to the new location.
Your Scratch Live library will now
reference files in their new location.

To delete tracks from your Scratch Live


library, select the track and use the
keyboard shortcut ctrl-delete. Make
sure you have the Protect library option
unchecked in the Library tab of the Setup
screen.

Located in the files pane are two buttons,


rescan ID3 tags and relocate lost files.
Use these tools for ongoing file and library
management.

Rescan ID3 Tags


Click this button to force Scratch Live to
re-read all file tags. Alternatively, you can
drag and drop files, folders, or drives onto
the rescan id3 tags button from the files
pane. This will only scan the files that you
drag and drop, resulting in much faster
processing.
TIP: Rescanning the tags is a handy
way to identify all the files that Scratch
Live cant find (for example if the files
have been altered or moved). These
tracks will show up red in the main
track list, with an exclamation mark in
the status column. You can sort by the
status column to group all these tracks
together.

Relocate Lost Files


This feature finds music and folders on
your computer that you have either moved
or altered.
1.Click the Relocate Lost Files button
to search all your drives (internal and
external) for files currently marked as not
found in your library.
2.When this process is complete, your
Scratch Live library will be updated with
the new location of your files.
TIP: Drag and drop files, folders, or
drives onto the Relocate Lost Files

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Deleting a track when you are in the


All... playlist removes it from your
library and any crates that the track may
be in.
Deleting a track inside a crate removes it
from that crate but the file will remain in
your All... playlist.
Deleting a track from a subcrate will
remove it from the subcrate and the
main crate but not the All... playlist.
Crates that are deleted are sent to the
recycle bin/trash.
NOTE: To delete any files from your
library and your hard drive (sending
them to the recycle bin) use the
shortcut ctrl-shift-delete.
If you are using iTunes playlists, your files
cannot be deleted this way. You will need
to delete them from within iTunes.

Copy & Move Files & Folders


Scratch Live gives you the ability to
copy and move files, folders and crates
between drives or to a new location on the
same drive.
To copy or move your files and/or
folders, open the Files panel and select,
drag and drop them in the desired new
location. Scratch Live will then prompt
you with the following options:

Cancel: Cancel any changes.


Remove original references from
library: Check this option when using
the copy feature to remove the original
references to these files in your Scratch
Live library and replace them with the
copies in the new location. The original
files will still be kept in their current
location, but will no longer referenced in
your Scratch Live library.

Copy & Move Crates


You can also copy or move your Crates
and Subcrates to another drive in the
same way. Open the Files panel and
select, drag and drop your Crates or
Subcrates to the new drive. You will
be presented with the same options
as mentioned above. See the Support
Articles at serato.com.

Scratch Live Backup


Scratch Live stores your library database
and crates information in the Scratch Live
folder on your hard disk. This folder is
created on a drive when files are added
to Scratch Live. A copy of each Scratch
Live folder called ScratchLiveBackup is
created next to the folder it is backing up.
This folder is created when exiting Scratch
Live. You will be prompted to backup your
Scratch Live library on exit if there is no
backup for a drive or if the last backup is
more than 1 week old.
Backup will only keep ONE level backup
at a time; each time backup runs, it
overwrites the previous backup.
NOTE: Make sure you back up your
music separately. This backup function
only backs up the Scratch Live folder,
not your music files.

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Recording

Recordings can be loaded onto the


Decks, renamed, and managed like other
files. Recordings are saved as 24-bit, 48
kHz stereo AIFF files by default.
Recordings are saved in My
Documents\My Music\_Serato_\
Recording in Windows XP, Libraries\
Music\_Serato_\Recording in Windows 7,
and ~/Music/_Serato_/Recording Temp
on a Mac.

Record Gain Knob


Scratch Live allows you to record one of
five stereo signals from the SL4:
1 in
2 in
3 in
4 in
Aux in
Stereo recording is possible even while
using two stereo vinyl control inputs.
1.Select the RECORD button at the left of
the screen to open the Record controls.
2.Choose the Input Source by clicking
on the downward arrow (icon) to get the
drop menu.
3.Click the red record icon to start
recording.
4.The record icon flashes while recording
and the display shows the elapsed
recording time.
5.Click the flashing record icon again to
stop the recording.

Adjust the record level using this Gain


knob. The meter reveals the level of your
audio. Ideally the meter should sit just
below the red, meaning your signal is as
loud as it can be without clipping.

Sampling From Vinyl


You can use the SL4 interface to sample
from vinyl or any other sound source.
Click the triangle next to the record
button to select from the Aux, 1, 2, 3 or 4
input.
TIP: Remember that ctrl-n turns
recording on and off, and you can load
a recording without saving it using shift
+ left arrow or shift + right arrow. Drop
the needle into a loud part of the track,
record a few seconds, and then shift
+ left arrow or shift + right arrow to
load it on to the Virtual Deck. This way
you can double-check your levels and
adjust with the Gain control.

NOTE: If you turn the record Gain


knob down and the red clip led is still
illuminated, the signal is clipping the
input of the SL4. Turn down the level at
your audio source before it reaches the
SL4.

Recording Your Mix

TIPS
The keyboard shortcut ctrl-n turns
recording on and off.

2.Select AUX as the record source in


Scratch Live.

Load a recording without saving it using


the shortcut keys shift left arrow to the
Left Deck or shift right arrow to the Right
Deck.
NOTE: Recording files are automatically
split when the recording exceeds 3
hours (16-bit) or 1 hour 50 minutes (24bit).

6.To save the recording, type in a name


for the recording and click the save icon.

To record your DJ mix in Scratch Live:


1.Connect an output (i.e., booth, session,
aux or 2nd master output) from your DJ
mixer into the AUX input of the SL4.

3.Adjust the input level to a suitable


volume. Be sure the red overload LED
stays off.
4.Begin recording. Details are the same
as steps 3 to 7 under RECORDING.

Recording Bit Depth


There is an option for Recording Bit Depth
with the SL4 on the Hardware tab of the
Setup screen. Choose either 16-bit (CD
quality, smaller file size) or 24-bit (high
quality, larger file size).See Recording
Bit Depth on page 32.

7.The recording is automatically placed


in a crate named RECORDED. If the
crate does not already exist, it will be
created automatically.
8.To start a new recording without saving,
simply click the record button again.

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Using LiveFeed

Mixing
With One
Turntable Or
CDPlayer

LiveFeed

First locate the LiveFeed files in your


library. Type livefeed into the search box
and you will see:
LiveFeed allows you to stream any of the
available inputs on the SL4 to a Virtual
Deck. You can then instantly play the
recording back just like a normal audio
fileyou can scratch it, speed it up, slow
it down, set loops and set cue points.
There are two recording options,
Normal and Gated. The Normal option
means recording will begin as soon as
the normal Livefeed track is loaded to the
Virtual Deck. The Gated option means that
after a Gated Livefeed track is loaded,
recording only begins once the set gate
level is exceeded (thus avoiding periods
of silence). You can set the gate level
by clicking the dropdown menu in the
LiveFeed filename. A lower gain setting
makes the gate more sensitive.
The amount of time available to record
is determined by your audio cache setting.
The track overview display shows the
amount of usable audio you have to play
with from the recording. Click anywhere
in the track overview display to jump to
your desired position in the recording. See
Audio Cache on page 35.

LiveFeed - Rane SL4 Aux In


LiveFeed - Rane SL4 Aux In (Gated) -x dB
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 1
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 1 (Gated) -x dB
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 2
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 2 (Gated) -x dB
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 3
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 3 (Gated) -x dB
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 4
LiveFeed - Rane SL4 USB Channel 4 (Gated) -x dB

Load the desired LiveFeed file to either


Deck. The waveforms will start to build
in the track overview and main waveform
display as the input is recorded, you
can now use the recording as normal.
Performing a needle drop on the record
brings the playhead back to the now
position in the audio stream.

This single turntable technique allows you


to mix as if you had two turntables, using
just one. If one of your turntables is not
performing properly, or if you only have
one available, you will be able to continue
to mix the way you are used to.
The following is a step-by-step
description of how to perform a mix using
only your right turntable or CDJ with the
instant doubles feature.

Menu Settings
Go to the Setup menu, click on the
Playback tab. Make sure Instant doubles
is checked, and Lock playing deck is
unchecked.
1.Load a track onto the Right Deck in
Scratch Live and play as usual.
2.Put the Left Deck into INT mode.
3.Load the same song you have playing
on the Right Deck onto the Left Deck.
The track on the Left Deck will start
playing from the same point and at the
same pitch as the Right Deck.
4.You can now quickly slide your mixers
crossfader over to the Left Deck.
5.Your Right Deck is now free to load up
a new song ready to mix in.
6.Repeat!
TIP: Instant doubles works with either
Deck.
See Lock Playing Deck on page 32.
See Instant Doubles on page 33.

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DJ Handover

Two
Computer
Connection

The SL4 allows two computers running


Scratch Live to connect to the mixer
simultaneously. This allows two DJs to
play at the same time and for easy DJ
handover.
Connect both computers to the two
USB ports on the SL4. In Scratch Live on
each computer, select a USB Source for
each Virtual Deck. For any Virtual Decks
on either computer that arent to be used,
set the USB Source to None.
NOTE: If you cant select a particular
USB source for a Deck, make sure it is
not already set on another computer or
Virtual Deck.
Each USB Source can only be set to one
Virtual Deck on one computer at a time.
When two computers are connected, you
can use up to four USB sources in total.

Swapping between two DJs both using


Scratch Live is easier than ever! With a
computer already connected to the SL4
and playing, do the following:

Additional
Setup

1. Connect the second computer to the


unused USB port on the SL4.
2 a. Using four control sources:
Select a USB Source for a Virtual Deck
that is not already being used on the
first computer. If the first DJ is using all
four USB sources, politely ask them to
free up at least one channel for you to
take over. See USB Sources & Analog
Inputs on page 13.
2 b. Using two control sources:
Unassign the USB Source for the
non-playing Virtual Deck on Computer
A. Then have Computer B assign that
same USB Source to one of its Virtual
Decks. See USB Sources & Analog
Inputs on page 13.

This section covers general preferences


and adjustments you can make to improve
the performance of Scratch Live. From the
top of the main screen, click on SETUP to
get to this area.

3. Play a track on this Deck and mix it in


when readyyoull now have audio from
both computers in the mix.
4. Fade out the audio playing from the first
computer to the audio playing from the
second computer.
5. When only audio from the second
computer is left in the mix, remove the
first computer.
6. Assign USB sources for the remaining
Virtual Decks on the second computer
and continue DJing.

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Hardware

Updating Firmware

Playback

If a firmware update is available after


installing a new Scratch Live software
release, an Update Firmware button
appears in the Hardware screen.
The firmware upgrade takes
approximately 10 seconds, during which
time the SL4 will not be usable.

USB Buffer Size (Latency)


Scratch Live processes audio in small
chunks. When smaller chunks are
used, the movement of the record is
translated into audio more often, which
results in a lower overall system latency.
However, this requires more processing
and therefore a higher CPU load, so
lower buffer size settings require a
more powerful computer to produce
uninterrupted audio. If you want tighter
control, try decreasing this setting. On
the other hand, if you experience audio
dropouts, you need to increase this
setting (or use a more powerful computer).

Select Primary Decks


Select a combination of which two Decks
to set as the Primary Decks.
When using four decks with Scratch
Live, Primary Decks are the default
decks displayed in classic mode.
TIP: When using a four-deck setup, you
might like to choose the two turntables
located immediately to the left and right
of your mixer as the Primary decks.

Flashing Deck Indicator


When checked, displays a flashing white
border around the Virtual Decks which
currently have keyboard focus.

Recording Bit Depth


Choose to record in either 16-Bit (CD
quality, smaller file size) or 24-Bit (high
quality, larger file size). see Recording
on page 29.

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Sample Rate
The current hardware sample rate is
displayed here. You can choose between
48 kHz and 96 kHz using the Sample Rate
Selection switch on the SL4.
Setting this to 96 kHz will result in better
quality audio, although you will need to
play 96 kHz audio files.
NOTE: It is recommended on lower
spec machines to use 48 kHz as using
96 kHz will put a greater strain on your
CPU.

Hardware Thrus
Select which channels are set to THRU
on the SL4. See Thru Mode on page
16.

Track End Warning


Enable this option to flash the Virtual Deck
as you approach the end of the track.
The label will start flashing 20 seconds
from the end of the record. The Track
end warning does not apply to any tracks
under 1 minute long.

Playback Keys Use Shift


When this option is checked you must
have the shift key pressed for the
playback keys to trigger. This applies to all
keyboard shortcuts, including cue points,
INT mode shortcuts, and the sample
player shortcuts.
TIP: You can also turn on Caps Lock
instead of using Shift.

Lock Playing Deck


Every DJs nightmare used to be lifting
the needle off the wrong turntable in the
middle of a set. This setting helps to avoid
the digital equivalent; loading a new track
to the wrong deck. When this option is
checked, you can only load a track if the
target deck is stopped.

Sort Cues Chronologically


The five cue points can be placed in any
order, and can be dragged up and down if
you wish to reorder them. If you prefer to
lock them to chronological order, turn this
option on.

Enable Hot Cues


When Hot Cues are enabled, you can set
cue points simply by pressing the number
keys 1 through 0 (no ctrl modifier required)
from your keyboard. You can only add
cues this way if the cue point slots are
empty. See Cue Points on page 18.

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Use Auto Gain

Play From Start

Auto gain enables you to set a uniform


volume level for the tracks in your library.
When a track is in auto gain mode, the
track gain knob appears recessed.
Check this box to enable auto gain.
Provided you have analyzed your files,
your tracks will now be loaded with the
auto gain applied.
Next to this box is a drop down menu,
in which you set the target gain volume
level.
To find the optimum setting, load a track
with an average volume level onto one of
the Virtual Decks. Now play the track, and
take note of the volume and LED lights
inside the software.
The idea is for the track volume to
be sitting just under the clipping point
(indicated by the LED meter red-lining). If
the track is too quiet, unload it, then go to
the Playback setup screen and boost the
auto gain dB value more.
Once youve made this adjustment,
load the same track onto the Virtual Deck
again. Youll notice that the volume knob
has automatically adjusted itself.
Keep making adjustments on the same
track until its just below the clipping
point. Once this is set you wont need to
adjust the target gain level ever again.
Because the track you used had an
average volume level, most of the other
tracks in your library should be around the
same volume. You may still need to make
minor adjustments to some individual
tracks, but once thats done these will
stay saved in the ID3 tag of the file.

Enable this to start all tracks from the


beginning when loaded in REL and INT
modes. If this setting is not enabled,
freshly loaded tracks will continue to play
from the point the last track was at. This
option is on by default.

TIP: Slightly too quiet is always better


than too loud. If your LED meter is in
the red, it is likely that it is clipping. Not
only does clipping not sound very nice,
it can damage your equipment.

Vinyl Control

Instant Doubles

Adjust Loops with Vinyl

This option allows you to quickly match


the playhead position of two tracks.
With this option enabled, when you load
the same file on one Virtual Deck that is
already loaded on the other Virtual Deck,
the playhead will jump to the position of
the track that was loaded first, with the
keylock state and looping settings copied.
This setting overrides the Play from start
and Play from first cue point options.

Loop end points can be adjusted using


the control vinyl. Disable this option if you
wish to use the computers arrow keys to
adjust loops, and keep audio playback
controlled by the vinyl. SEE Looping on
page 18.

Play From First Cue Point


Enable this option to start all tracks from
the first cue point when loaded in REL and
INT modes. This setting overrides the Play
from start option.

Braking (INT Mode)


In INT mode, this controls how fast
the deck stops when play is stopped.
Counter-clockwise, the stop is immediate.
Clockwise rotation increases the stop
from a finger grab all the way to a slow
turntable power-down.

Audio Output
By default the output of Scratch Live is
stereo. You can also select mono output.
This setting is saved when you exit
Scratch Live.

Hi-Fi Resampler
This significantly reduces digital distortion
at very slow or very fast record speeds,
increasing the CPU load slightly. This
option is off by default, the old resampler
is used when switched off.

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Next Song On Flip


When this option is enabled, changing the
side of control vinyl youre using (flipping
the record) loads the next song.

Enable Vinyl Scroll


Uncheck this box to disable the Vinyl
Scroll feature. See Vinyl Scroll on page
12.

Reverse Vinyl Scroll


This setting allows you to reverse the
direction of Vinyl Scroll. SEE Vinyl
Scroll on page 12.

Vinyl Scroll Speed


Vinyl Scroll allows you to load a new track
without touching the computer, by lifting
the needle and placing it in the special
section of side A of the control record.
This setting allows you to adjust the
sensitivity of Vinyl Scroll, so that you can
control the amount of record movement
required to move between tracks.

Drop To Absolute Position (REL


Mode)
This detects a deliberate repositioning of
the needle, and moves the playhead to
the needles absolute position, as if it were
in ABS mode. Accidental skipping of the
needle does not reposition the playhead.
(REL mode only)

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Drop To Cue Points (REL Mode)


This option triggers the corresponding cue
point when the needle is repositioned into
one of the first five one-minute sections
on the control vinyl. For instance: needle
dropping into the second minute on the
left turntable will send playback for Deck 1
to cuepoint 2, if that cuepoint is set.
(REL mode only)

Vinyl Start Offset


If there is cue burn at the beginning of the
vinyl, you will notice that the tracking will
be poor at this point. Use the two knobs
to offset the start point, so that the track
will start playing from a point further into
the control record. The first knob sets the
number of whole minutes to offset by, the
second knob sets the number of whole
rotations within that minute.

Library

Uncheck this option to remove files and


crates from your library. Check this option
to lock your library and prevent accidental
file or crate deletion while using Scratch
Live. Enabling this option will also lock all
file tags and crate names, so that no text
can be changed.

Read iTunes Library


Check this option to show your iTunes
library and playlists in Scratch Live. You
can collapse your iTunes playlists
by clicking on the blue folder icon.
Uncheck this option to remove
iTunes playlists and iTunes songs from
your Scratch Live library.
To add your iTunes music to your
Scratch Live library permanently, drag and
drop tracks from the iTunes playlists onto
the All... icon (on the far left hand
side of the Scratch Live screen), or into
individual Scratch Live crates.
Any files moved to All..., an existing
crate, or a new crate will now remain in
Scratch Live even when the Read iTunes
library option is unchecked. Once a file
has been permanently added to Scratch
Live, the iTunes logo will disappear.
We recommend unchecking this option
after you have added your music into the
Scratch Live library.
NOTES:
If your iTunes library contains a large
number of tracks it may take some time
for Scratch Live to read it.
Any changes made in Scratch Live to
the file information of tracks in your
iTunes library will not appear in iTunes
until after you play the track.
Scratch Live cannot play files that
have been protected by Digital Rights
Management systems, such as those
previously sold through the Apple iTunes
Music Store. iTunes Plus files are DRMfree.
iTunes is available for Mac and PC. To
get more information, visit www.apple.
com.

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Protect Library

Customize Crate Views


Check this option to set custom column
views for each crate and playlist. When
the option is off (default), all crates will
share the same column configuration as
the All... crate.

Center On Selected Song


With this option on, scrolling up and down
in your library holds the selected track in
the middle of the library panel.

Show All File Types


Enable this option to show all files when
importing tracks into Scratch Live. If
this option is unchecked, only files that
Scratch Live can play will be displayed.

Include Subcrate Tracks


You can drag crates into other crates to
make subcrates. If you have this option
turned on, any crate will also display
the contents of all its subcrates. See
Organizing Your Music on page 24.

AutoFill Overviews
Enable this option to automatically
generate the track overview as soon as a
track is loaded. If this setting is disabled,
the track overview will be generated as
the track plays. Automatically generating
the track overview uses more of the
computers CPU power, and should be
disabled on slower computers.
TIP: Analyze your files before you play
to pre-build all your overviews. See
Preparing Your Files on page 11.

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Font Size

Display

Plugins

Maximum Screen Updates

SP-6 Sample Player

This slider allows you to throttle back the


screen refresh rate. Users with slower
computers might like to do this if they
are having performance issues. It could
also be useful if you want to limit Scratch
Lives processor usage, for example if you
are running a recording program at the
same time. The default setting is 60 Hz,
or refreshed 60 times per second. This
setting applies to the entire screen (i.e. the
Virtual Decks, the Waveforms, the Library,
and the Setup screen).

Use the check box to enable and disable


the SP-6 sample player plugin. The SP-6
is enabled by default.

Adjust this slider to increase and decrease


the font size for the main library and
crates area.
TIP: You can also use the keyboard
shortcuts ctrl + and ctrl to increase
and decrease the font size.

Album Art Size


Adjust this slider to set the maximum
album art size for any of the album art
display modes. The artwork will still get
larger if required to fit the track and will
still scale with the library zoom keyboard
shortcut.

Audio Cache
Use this slider to set the amount of audio
that is loaded into memory. A small
audio cache will place less load on your
computer, and the tracks will load faster.
A large audio cache will give you a bigger
view of the waveform when the main
waveform view is zoomed out. The default
is 15 seconds.

Show Album Art On Deck


Check this option to show the album art
for your song next to the track information
display on each Virtual Deck.

DJ-FX
Use the check box to enable and disable
the DJ-FX plugin. The DJ-FX plugin is
disabled by default.

Enable Serato Playlists


Use the check boxes to enable and
disable the Serato Playlists plugin and the
Live Playlists feature. These are disabled
by default.

Enable Live Playlists


With this box is checked, and an active
internet connection, the Start Live Playlist
button in the History panel transmits what
you are playing in real time to your serato.
com profile. An internet connection could
result in USB dropouts, therefore you may
wish to leave this unchecked.

Serato Video
This optional software plugin for Scratch
Live adds the ability to play and mix
video files. Serato Video is supported and
available only from serato.com.

Serato Remote
Designed to compliment an existing
Scratch Live setup, Serato Remote lets
you see and perform all of your favorite
Scratch Live functions without needing
to touch your laptop. Control Cue
Points, Loops and Samples. Load tracks
and manipulate FX in ways previously
impossible. See Seratos famous Virtual
Decks and Track Overviews so you can
focus on the crowd and free yourself from
your laptop. Serato Remote is supported
and available only from serato.com.

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KEY

Keyboard
Shortcuts

ctrl - L
ctrl - R
ctrl - F
ctrl - A
ctrl - C
ctrl - E
ctrl - V
ctrl - X
ctrl - Z
shift - ctrl -
shift - ctrl -

These actions can be accessed directly


from the computer keyboard.
NOTE: Playback, cue and speed
controls use Shift or Caps Lock. You
can turn this off in the Setup screen.
See Playback Keys Use Shift on page
32.

ctrl - P
ctrl - N
ctrl - O
- or +
ctrl - or +
tab
ctrl - del and
ctrl - backspace
alt - del and
alt - backspace
ctrl - shift - del and
ctrl - shift - backspace
ctrl - shift - /

~
esc
SAMPLE PLAYER
Load to sample slot
Play sample slot
LEFT DECK
ctrl - or shift -
ctrl - shift -
shift - alt -
ctrl - , (comma)
ctrl - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
F1
F2
F3
F5
Q
W
E
R
T
Y
U
I
O
P
[
ctrl - [
alt - Q
alt - W
alt - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
ctrl - alt - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
alt - E
alt - R
alt - O
alt - L
alt - space bar
ctrl - I

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ACTION
Locate the current track. This will highlight the track you most recently loaded.
Pressing ctrl - L again will alternate between the tracks recently loaded on both decks.
Reveal - the highlighted song is opened in a file browser.
Find - moves the cursor to the search box.
Select all.
Copy text in edit mode.
Edit text.
Paste text in edit mode.
Cut text in edit mode.
Undo last track load.
Move focus up / down through the library or crates. Note that if you have a song
highlighted in the song view, and use shift - ctrl - you will move up or down through
the library or crates. When you release the shift or ctrl key, the focus will go back to the
song view so that you can move up and down through songs using .
Add tracks to the prepare window.
Start a new mic recording.
Open the track in your default MP3/WAV/OGG/AIF player.
Zoom the main waveform display.
Zoom the library text size.
Alternate focus between crates or songs.
Remove track from library., remove track from crate, delete crate (does not delete the
file).
Remove track from crate and from library.
Delete the file from your library and send to the recycle bin.
(Note to iTunes users: files in your iTunes library cannot be deleted this way).
Toggle the input reverse switch.
Toggle the Flashing Deck indicator between the Primary and Secondary Decks.
Clear search string if searching, or exit Scratch Live.
slot 1
ctrl - alt - Z
Z

slot 2
ctrl - alt - X
X

slot 3
ctrl - alt - C
C

slot 4
ctrl - alt - V
V

slot 5
ctrl - alt - B
B

ACTION
Load the highlighted song to a deck.
Load the track currently on one deck onto the other deck as well.
Unload the track from a deck.
Place a cue point.
Place a cue point in a slot.
Jump to cue points slots.
(REL and INT modes)
Switch deck to ABS mode.
Switch deck to REL mode.
Switch deck to INT mode.
Key lock on / off.
Play / pause reverse.
Play / pause forward.
Pitch down.
Pitch up.
Bend down.
(REL and INT modes)
Bend up.
(REL and INT modes)
Censor.
(REL and INT modes)
(REL and INT modes)
Go to temporary cue point.
Set / adjust loop in-point.
Set / adjust loop out-point.
Loop on / off.
Jump to selected loop.
Load previous track.
Load next track.
Auto loop on / off.
Loop roll.
Rewind.
(REL and INT modes)
Fast forward.
(REL and INT modes)
Previous loop.
Next loop.
Activate the tempo tapper.
(REL and INT modes)
Set temporary cue point.

slot 6
ctrl - alt - N
N

RIGHT DECK
ctrl - or shift -
ctrl - shift -
shift - alt -
ctrl - . (period)
ctrl - 6, 7, 8, 9, 0
6, 7, 8, 9, 0
F6
F7
F8
F10
A
S
D
F
G
H
J
K
L
;
'
ctrl - '
alt - A
alt - S
alt - 6, 7, 8, 9, 0
ctrl - alt - 6, 7, 8, 9, 0
alt - D
alt - F
alt - P
alt - ;
alt - space bar (x2)
ctrl - K

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Troubleshooting and
Frequently Asked Questions
The audio playback is dropping out /
clicking / popping
Scratch Live is not getting a clear signal
from the record, or your computer is not
able to process quickly enough. Go to
the Setup screen and check the scope
views. When the record is playing, the
circles should be round, and the value in
the bottom right corner should be close to
100%. If this is not the case, you need to
calibrate. See Calibrating Scratch Live
on page 9.
Also try increasing the USB Buffer Size
in Hardware Setup if your computer is
close to the minimum spec.
Clean your needles! This is the most
common cause of audio drop-out.
Because you are playing the same record
over and over, the needles will get dirty
more quickly than usual.
The threshold goes to the far right
when I click the estimate button
Make sure the needle is on the record
and the record is stopped when you click
estimate. If the slider goes hard right
and stays there, you most likely have an
grounding problem with your turntables/
mixer. If you cannot eliminate this
problem, use REL mode instead of ABS
mode.
Scratch Live makes a strange digital
noise, even when no track is playing
Scratch Live is interpreting background
noise as record movement. Go to the
Setup screen and move the threshold
slider (located left of the Estimate button)
to the right until the noise stops. See
Calibrating Scratch Live on page
9.
The tracks are playing backwards!
The inputs (from the turntables or CD
players) are the wrong way around. Try
swapping red and white wires at one end.

I cant get the Scope View to show nice


clean circles
Check your needles and make sure
they are clean. If the circles look fuzzy,
try cleaning your control record. If the
Scope View shows a line instead of a
circle, Scratch Live is only receiving a
signal from one channelcheck all your
cables, and the connection between your
cartridges and the tone arm. You can
order replacement control records from
your local distributor. You may also order
these in the online store at www.rane.com
if you are in the USA.
The first time I play a new track, it
takes a while to load
Scratch Live has to read the entire file and
create a file index (overview) the first time
it is loaded. This may take a few seconds
for longer files. After the first load, it
should load instantly. See Preparing
Your Files on page 11.
I have a particular MP3 that wont play /
plays badly / takes a long time to load /
crashes the program.
The file may be damaged, and may need
to be deleted from your library. Please go
to the forum at serato.com and notify the
support team that you have a bad file. By
reporting damaged or corrupt files, you
help the developers to improve Scratch
Lives ability to play damaged MP3 files in
the future.
Scratch Live freaks out when I use the
master tempo (key correction) function
on my CD player
Scratch Live interprets the signal coming
out of the CD player, and uses this
information to control the playback of
the files on your computer. Any audio
processing performed on the signal before
it reaches the hardware interface, such
as key correction, will scramble the signal

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making it illegible to Scratch Live. Use key


correction within Scratch Live instead.
See Key Lock on page 14.
I want to backup my library and crates
or move them to another machine, so
where are they stored?
Your database and crates are stored in
the folder Home\Music\_Serato_ on a
Mac, and My Documents\My Music\_
Serato_ in Windows XP, and Libraries\
Music\_Serato_ in Windows 7. If your
library contains tracks that are stored on
a drive other than your boot drive, a folder
called _Serato_ will be created in the root
of that drive, and a separate database will
be made in this folder. If it is a removable
drive, the tracks will only appear in your
library when the drive is connected. See
Scratch Live Backup on page 28.
I have pink files which dont play
These are files which Scratch Live thinks
are missing. You can use the Relocate
Lost Files feature in the Offline player to
re-associate these with their new location.
To do this you can either: drag the file
itself from Finder/Windows explorer onto
the button to relocate an individual file,
drag an entire folder onto this button,
or press the button (this will search all
connected drives for all the missing files in
your library).
I have cue burn at the beginning of my
control record, does that mean I need
to replace it?
No, use the Vinyl Start Offset function (in
the Vinyl Control tab of the Setup screen)
to move the point at which tracks begin to
a position further into the vinyl. See Vinyl
Start Offset on page 34.
What are the best cartridges to use
with Scratch Live?
We recommend the Ortofon|Serato S-120
cartridges for use with Scratch Live.
These employ revolutionary new cantilever
suspension, which delivers high output
volume, unrivaled tracking ability and low
record wear.
NOTE: To keep up with the latest tips,
visit the Official Scratch Live Forum
online at serato.com.

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Scope Reading and Fixes

Most of the problems that occur with Scratch Live can be attributed to it not getting a good reading of the control signal from your
records or CDs. These examples show what the scopes on the setup screen can look like to help solve possible problems. Some
problems cause similar looking scopes, e.g., if your scopes look like the Dusty Needle one, the cause could be a damaged needle.

tracking.

GOOD SIGNAL - Clean

NO SIGNAL - Scratch Live is not receiving


any control signal - check your
connections.

BAD TURNTABLE VIBRATION - Bass is reaching


the stylus. Try to isolate the turntable from
the speakers.

CD PLAYER INTO PHONO INPUT - The SL4 is


set to receive a phono level input. Switch
to the correct setting on the SL4.

PHONO INTO LINE INPUT - The SL4 is set


to receive line level input. Switch to the
correct setting on the SL4.

DUSTY NEEDLE - Dust

UNEARTHED - Very susceptible to


interference. Attach the turntables ground
wire to the SL4 or mixer.

USING PIGGYBACK CABLES - Picking

DAMAGED NEEDLE - Try

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signal with 100%

up lots
of noise, barely tracking. Connect your
turntables directly to the SL4.

is preventing the
stylus from tracking the groove correctly.
Clean your needle and the control vinyl.

re-seating, cleaning
or replacing your stylus.

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RECORD BURN - This section of the control


vinyl has been worn. Swap sides or adjust
the Vinyl Start Offset.

LEFT CHANNEL MISSING - The signal from the


needle is not reaching the SL4. Check the
cable and cartridge connections.

RIGHT CHANNEL MISSING - The

BAD RECORD BURN - Your record is badly


worn and Scratch Live is unable to track.
Swap sides or get new vinyl ASAP.

LEFT CHANNEL IS NOISE - Left

signal has
been lost with a noisy loose connection.

RIGHT CHANNEL IS NOISE - Right signal has


been lost with a noisy loose connection.

TONEARM IS SLIGHTLY TOO LIGHT -

Signals are summing to mono - The

RIGHT CHANNEL IS INTERFERENCE - Right


signal has been lost with a noisy loose
connection and left channel crosstalk.

Susceptible to dust and vibration. Adjust


the tonearm.

left
and right signals have been combined into
one somewhere in your signal chain.

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signal from
the needle is not reaching the SL4. Check
the cable and cartridge connections.

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Corrupt File Descriptions


and Diagnoses
Corrupt file: This MP3 contains invalid
frames.

This MP3 contains frames which do not conform strictly to the official MP3 specification.
Scratch Live can not be certain that this file will play back 100% accurately.

Corrupt file: This file contains corrupt


frames that may result in audible glitches.

This file contains two or more contiguous corrupt frames. Since corrupt frames are
replaced with silence, this could result in what might sound like an audio glitch.

Corrupt file: This file has been split. You


should check the beginning for audio
glitches.

The first MPEG audio frame in this file refers to audio that should be present before it
but is not. This is usually the result of incorrect MP3 editing. Since a corrupt frame is
replaced with silence and most songs start with silence, the resulting silence might not be
noticeable. All the same, listen to the beginning of the song, just to be sure.

Corrupt file: This file structure is incorrect.

This file has caused the QuickTime metadata manager to fail.

Corrupt file: This MP3 contains frames


with corrupt data.

Decoding of an MPEG audio frame failed. This means that the frame contained invalid
data. As usual with corrupt frames, this frame will be played as silence.

Corrupt file: This MP3 lost syncronization


between the frame index and the frames.

Scratch Live is reading an old overview of an MP3 that has been edited in a thrid party
editing program. Rebuilding the overviews for the affected files usually corrects this error.

Corrupt file: This MP3 is completely invalid


and is not playable.

Self explanatory. Possible causes are disk bad sectors, file system corruption, wrong file
types, wrong file extensions, etc.

Corrupt file: This file contains invalid audio


data.

Scratch Live encountered invalid data while looking for audio in this file. This message
alerts you to the fact that the file you're trying to play contains corrupt data. This may, or
may not, affect playback.

Corrupt file: This MP3 contains no valid


frames.

No audio could be found in this file, which means it is completely unplayable as far as
Scratch Live is concerned. Please make sure this really is an audio file.

Unsupported file: This MP3 contains multiple layers.

While scanning this file, Scratch Live found frames belonging to multiple MPEG layers.
Scratch Live does not support MP3s containing frames from multiple layers some
frames may output as silence.

Unsupported file: This file is more than


2GB in size.

Self explanatory. At the moment, Scratch Live does not support files that are 2 GB in size
(or larger).

Unsupported file: This file has data blocks


greater than 2 GB in size.

This file contains chunks of data that are larger than 2 GB. Scratch Live does not support
files that are more than 2 GB in size.

Corrupt file: This WAV contains no valid


chunks.

This WAV file contains no recognizable WAV data. It is quite possible that this might not
be a WAV file.

Unsupported file: This file's data is not in


PCM format.

WAV files can contain data in several formats. Scratch Live only supports WAV files that
contain data in the PCM format.

Unsupported file: This file has a sampling


rate greater than 96 kHz.

Scratch Live does not support sampling rates greater than 96 kHz. If you see this
message, the simplest approach is to re-sample the audio at 96 kHz and re-save the file.

Unsupported file: This file uses more than


24 bits per sample.

Scratch Live supports a maximum of 24 bits per sample of audio data.

Corrupt file: This WAV is incomplete.

Scratch Live expected more data in the file, but found none. This could be because the
file was incorrectly truncated or because the data in the file is corrupt, causing Scratch
Live to incorrectly estimate the amount of data present in the file.

Corrupt file: This file contains corrupt


blocks.

This file contains blocks of data that report their size to be zero. This message was
inserted to identify files that might cause lockups on previous versions of Scratch Live.

Corrupt file: This song contains no audio


data.

Scratch Live could not find any audio in this file. Please check to make sure this file
contains audio in a format that Scratch Live supports.

Corrupt file: This song contains invalid


samples.

This file contains samples of audio that are too small to represent accurately and will
therefore be truncated to zero. This should not result in any audible audio artifacts, but
could cause audio dropouts on earlier versions of Scratch Live.

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Declaration of Conformity
Application of Council Directive:
2004/108/EC
2002/96/EC

Standard(s) to which conformity is declared:


EN55103-1:2009
EN55103-2:2009
EN50581:2012
ENVIRONMENT E2
SERIAL NUMBERS 850000-950000
CE MARK WAS FIRST AFFIXED IN: 2011

2011/65/EU
Manufacturer:
Rane Corporation
10802 47th Avenue West
Mukilteo WA 98275-5000 USA

This equipment has been tested and found to be in compliance with all applicable standards and regulations applying to the EUs
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) directive 2004/108/EC. In order for the customer to maintain compliance with this regulation,
high quality shielded cable must be used for interconnection to other equipment. Modification of the equipment, other than that
expressly outlined by the manufacturer, is not allowed under this directive. The user of this equipment shall accept full responsibility
for compliance with the EMC directive in the event that the equipment is modified without written consent of the manufacturer. This
declaration of conformity is issued under the sole responsibility of Rane Corporation.

Type of Equipment: Professional Audio Signal Processing


Brand: Rane
Model: SL4
Immunity Results: THD+N: 4 dBu, 400 Hz, BW = 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Test Description
RF Electromagnetic Fields Immunity
80 MHz - 1000 MHz, 1 kHz AM, 80% depth, 3V/m
1400 MHz - 2700 MHz, 1 kHz AM, 80% depth, 3V/m

Results

Conditions

< -82 dB
< -82 dB

Conducted RF Disturbances Immunity

< -82 dB

150 kHz - 80 MHz, 1 kHz AM, 80% depth, 3V rms

Magnetic Fields Immunity

< -81 dB

50 Hz - 10 kHz, 3.0 - 0.3 A/m

I, the undersigned, hereby declare that the equipment specified above conforms
to the Directive(s) and Standard(s) shown above.

(Signature)

Greg Frederick

Compliance Engineer

(Full Name)

(Position)

February 11, 2011

Mukilteo WA USA

(Date)

(Place)

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Limited U.S.A. Warranty

Limited Warranties

RANE CORPORATION WARRANTS ALL RANE PRODUCTS (EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS CLASSIFIED AS WEAR PARTS, AND LISTED
ON PAGE 3 OF THIS OPERATORS MANUAL) PURCHASED IN THE U.S. AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP
FOR A PERIOD OF TWO (2) YEARS. WEAR PARTS ARE LIMITED TO A PERIOD OF NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE INITIAL DATE OF
RETAIL PURCHASE FROM AN AUTHORIZED RANE DEALERWEAR PARTS REQUIRE PROOF OF PURCHASE DATE. This limited
warranty extends to all purchasers or owners of the product during the warranty period beginning with the original retail purchase.
Rane Corporation does not, however, warrant its products against any and all defects: 1) arising out of material or workmanship not
provided or furnished by Rane, or
2) resulting from abnormal use of the product or use in violation of instructions, or 3) in products repaired or serviced by other than the
Rane Factory, or 4) in products with removed or defaced serial numbers, or 5) in components or parts or products expressly warranted
by another manufacturer. Rane agrees to supply all parts and labor to repair or replace defects covered by this limited warranty with
parts or products of original or improved design, at its option in each respect, if the defective product is shipped prior to the end of the
warranty period to the Rane Factory in the original packaging or a replacement supplied by Rane, with all transportation costs and full
insurance paid each way by the purchaser or owner.

Limited Warranty Outside the U.S.A.


RANE PRODUCTS ARE WARRANTED ONLY IN THE COUNTRY WHERE PURCHASED, THROUGH THE AUTHORIZED RANE
DISTRIBUTOR IN THAT COUNTRY, AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP, THE SPECIFIC PERIOD OF THIS LIMITED
WARRANTY SHALL BE THAT WHICH IS DESCRIBED TO THE ORIGINAL RETAIL PURCHASER BY THE AUTHORIZED RANE DEALER
OR DISTRIBUTOR AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. Rane Corporation does not, however, warrant its products against any and all
defects: 1) arising out of materials or workmanship not provided or furnished by Rane, or 2) resulting from abnormal use of the product
or use in violation of instructions, or 3) in products repaired or serviced by other than authorized Rane repair facilities, or 4) in products
with removed or defaced serial numbers, or 5) in components or parts or products expressly warranted by another manufacturer.
Rane agrees, through the applicable authorized distributor, to repair or replace defects covered by this limited warranty with parts
or products of original or improved design, at its option in each respect, if the defective product is shipped prior to the end of the
warranty period to the designated authorized Rane warranty repair facility in the country where purchased, or to the Rane factory in
the U.S., in the original packaging or a replacement supplied by Rane, with all transportation costs and full insurance paid each way
by the purchaser or owner.
ALL REMEDIES AND THE MEASURE OF DAMAGES ARE LIMITED TO THE ABOVE SERVICES, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT ECONOMIC
LOSS OR INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY MAY RESULT FROM THE FAILURE OF THE PRODUCT; HOWEVER, EVEN IF RANE
HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THIS POSSIBILITY, THIS LIMITED WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER ANY SUCH CONSEQUENTIAL OR
INCIDENTAL DAMAGES. SOME STATES OR COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARISING BY LAW, COURSE OF DEALING, COURSE OF PERFORMANCE,
USAGE OF TRADE, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO A PERIOD OF TWO (2) YEARS FROM EITHER THE DATE OF ORIGINAL
RETAIL PURCHASE OR, IN THE EVENT NO PROOF OF PURCHASE DATE IS AVAILABLE, THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE, SOME
STATES OR COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE
LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO
HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE, COUNTRY TO COUNTRY.

Factory Authorized Service


Your unit may someday need to be serviced by the Rane Factory if you live in the USA. International customers should contact your
dealer or distributor for service. You must call the Rane factory before shipping. Please do not return your unit to Rane without prior
authorization.

Rane Corporation

To obtain service or a Return Authorization in the USA, please phone 425-355-6000

or Fax 425-347-7757

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Warranty Procedure - Valid in U.S.A. Only


NOTICE! You must complete and return the warranty card or register your
product online to extend the Warranty from 2 years to 3 years!
TO VALIDATE YOUR EXTENDED WARRANTY: Use the postcard that came in the box with your unit, or go to www.rane.com and
click on New Product Registration. Fill out the warranty completely, being sure to include the model and serial number of the unit
since this is how warranties are tracked. If your Rane product was purchased in the U.S.A., mail the completed card or register
online with to Rane Corporation within 10 days from the date of purchase. If you purchased the product outside the U.S.A. you
must file your warranty registration with the Rane Distributor in that country. It is advised that you keep your bill of sale as
proof of purchase, should any difficulties arise concerning the registration of the warranty card. NOTICE: IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO
REGISTER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE RANE CORPORATIONS STANDARD TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY.
WARRANTY REGISTRATION is made and tracked by MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBERS ONLY, not by the purchasers or owners name.
Therefore any warranty correspondence or inquires MUST include the model and serial number of the product in question. Be sure to
fill in the model and serial number in the space provided below and keep this in a safe place for future reference.
WARRANTY SERVICE MUST BE PERFORMED ONLY BY AN AUTHORIZED RANE SERVICE FACILITY LOCATED IN THE COUNTRY
WHERE THE UNIT WAS PURCHASED, OR (if product was purchased in the U.S.) AT THE RANE FACTORY IN THE U.S.. If the product
is being sent to Rane for repair, please call the factory for a Return Authorization number. We recommend advance notice be given to
the repair facility to avoid possible needless shipment in case the problem can be solved over the phone. UNAUTHORIZED SERVICE
PERFORMED ON ANY RANE PRODUCT WILL VOID ITS EXISTING FACTORY WARRANTY.
FACTORY SERVICE: If you wish your Rane product to be serviced at the factory, it must be shipped FULLY INSURED, IN THE
ORIGINAL PACKING OR EQUIVALENT. This warranty will NOT cover repairs on products damaged through improper packaging. If
possible, avoid sending products through the mail. Be sure to include in the package:
1. Complete return street shipping address (P.O. Box numbers are NOT acceptable).
2. A detailed description of any problems experienced, including the make and model numbers of any other system equipment.
3. Remote power supply, if applicable.
Repaired products purchased in the U.S. will be returned prepaid freight via the same method they were sent to Rane. Products
purchased in the U.S., but sent to the factory from outside the U.S. MUST include return freight funds, and the sender is fully
responsible for all customs procedures, duties, tariffs and deposits.

In order to qualify for Ranes one year extended warranty (for a total of 3 years parts and labor), the warranty
must be completely filled out and sent to us immediately. Valid in USA only.

We recommend you write your serial number here in your owners manual
and on your sales receipt for your records.

SERIAL NUMBER:______________________________________PURCHASE DATE:_____________________________

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